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Editor of Publications . .Rev. W. St. Clair Benslioff 

Board of Editorial Consultants: 

Woman's Missionary Society . Mrs. Charlene Rowser 
National Laymen's Organization . Floyd S. Benshoff 

National Brethren Youth Beverly Summj' 

Missionary Board Mrs. Judith Runyon 

Contributing Editors: 
National Sunday School Board . .Richard Winfield 
Sunday School Lesson Comments 

Rev. Carl H. Phillips 

Player Meeting Studies Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 

Spiritual Meditations Rev. Dyoll Belote 

Evangelism Rev. J. D. Hamel 

Book Reviews Rev. Richard E. Allison 

Special Subjects Rev. J. G. Dodds 

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In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial : "A New Year's Thought" 3 

News from the Brethren 4 

Cross Country Conference 5 

Daily Devotions — January 22-31 6 

The Brethren Layman 8 

Missionary Board 10 

Woman's Missionary Society 12 

Sisterhood 13 

The Brethren Youth 14 

Publication Day Offering Promotion 16 

Prayer Meeting Bible Study 22 

Sunday School Lesson Comments 22 

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Standing at the portal of the opening year. 
Words of comfort meet us, hushing every fear, 
Spoken through the silence by our Father's voice 
Tender, strong and faithful, making us rejoice 
I, the Lord am with thee, be not thou afraid, 
I will help and strengthen, be thou not dismayed 
Yea, I will uphold thee with My own right hanc 
Thou art called and chosen in My sight to stanc 
He will never fail us, He will not forsake; 
His eternal covenant He will never break; 
Resting on His promise, what have we to fear 
God is all sufficient for the coming year! 

— Selected. 


Only a night from old to new! 

Only a night, and so much wrought! 
The Old Year's heart all weary grew 

But said, "The New Year rest has brought. 

The Old Year's heart, its hopes laid down 
As in a grave, but trusting said, 

"The blossoms of the New Year's crown 
Bloom from the ashes of the dead." 

The Old Year's heart was full of greed; 

With selfishness it longed and ached. 
And cried: "I have not half I need. 

My thirst is bitter and unslaked; 

"But to the New Year's generous hand 

All gifts in plenty shall return; 
True loving it shall understand; 

By all my failures it shall learn. 

"I have been reckless; it shall be 
Quiet and calm and pure of life. 

I was a slave; it shall go free, 
And find sweet peace where I leave Strife. 
— Helen Hunt Jackson. 


Held at Trinity Brethren, 455 - 55th St., N. V^ 
Canton, Ohio, on Tuesday evening, January 8tl:| 

Supper ($1.50) at 6:30 with program at 7:3« 
Music by male quartet. Speaker, Dr. Louis Kaistei 
Dean of Students, Malone College. Business 
charge of NEO President, Royce Gates. 

January 5, 1963 

Page Three 


Yleu) Tears 
Tl^j ought 

ALWAYS, at the beginning of 
a new year our hearts are 
made to wonder what the year 
may bring forth — in the way of 
blessing or difficulty. There has 
never been a year but what has 
had its trials and its blessings. 
Well-ordered lives often find 
deep cross-cuts of incidents 
which change such lives com- 
pletely. Lives with little or no 
organization or planning have 
continued to operate on the bor- 
derline of chaos. 

Still, life goes on. There is no 
such thing as "the end of life," 
or as some seek to do, unfor- 
tunately, 'to end it all." For life 
is eternal for the human race. 
Even death does not mark the 
end of existence, but only a 
change of location and condi- 

As the poet has wi-itten: 

"There is no death! The stars 
go down 
To rise again upon some fair- 
er shore." 

As we face this another new 
year, and as we review the past 
of life and consider the future 
of life, one thing stands out. 
The only thing that is certain 
in this temporal life is "change" 
itself. Because of this we see 
the reason for having those 
changeless, eternal qualities to 
be found in our faith in Christ 
as a part of our daily experience. 

The immortal hymn, "Abide 
With Me" gives us these words: 

"Change and decay in all around 
I see, 
Oh, Thou who changest not, 
Abide with me." 

We are further told in the 
scriptures (and life bears this 
out) that here we have no con- 
tinuing city, but we seek one 
to come. And, what is the real 
concern for security and sta- 
bility as far as this life's per- 
manent aspects are concerned as 
long as we are in the center of 
His will? Abraham, you remem- 
ber, was willing to be a faithful 
servant of the Lord. And we 
learn that in order to be that 
kind of a servant of the Lord, 
it was necessary for him to pick 
up and leave the place of his 
comfortable abode and journey 
into the unknown future, trust- 
ing only in God for guidance and 

Even so must the saint of God 
be willing to follow the leading 
of the Lord even though it may 
mean the shaking loose from the 
roots and ties of life which may 
have been made strong through 
the years. We are still plagued 
with a shortage of people who 
are willing to do the Lord's will ! 
We sing, "I'll go where you want 
me to go, dear Lord," as long 
as we aren't required to sacri- 
fice, go out on faith, or leave 
the life we are now living. 

One thing the faint of heart, 
the hesitant, the fearful, or the 
unwilling will need to reckon 
with is the fact that sooner or 
later a great move will take 
place in the matter of existence. 
There will be the move from the 
residence of the flesh to the 
realm of the hereafter. This, 
none of us can avoid. So, the 
well-adjusted Christian is one 
who is ever open to the leading 
of the Lord, and who is willing 
to go and to do and to say ac- 
cording to God's desires. There 
is nothing to be gained by chang- 
ing for the sake of change, but 
when the Lord definitely calls, 
then the Christian should be 
ready and willing to go where 
He leads. 

So, this year will see its 
changes in our lives. For some, 
it will be great changes in oc- 
cupation and location in follow- 
ing His will. For others, it will 
be a change of heart, attitude, 
and degree of dedication. On 
the threshold of this new year, 
let us be sure that we are seek- 
ing God's will for our lives, 
knowing that the only perma- 
nent things are those which are 
found in Christ. Let us realize 
that the eternal city is yet to 
come, and that here, wherever 
He leads, we will find the jo.\', 
the peace, and the power which 
will help us to say with confi- 
dence, "In His service, there is 
happiness and satisfaction." 
W. S. B. 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

Brethren hosted the Sarasota 
County "Youth for Christ" sing- 
spiration the evening of December 


Rev. Glenn Perry was the scheduled 
speaker in services of the Wayne 
Heights Brethren the morning of 
December 30th. 

er Charles Lowmaster was in 
charge of the "Religion Today" 
TV program on WJAC-TV, on De- 
cember 12th. 

turned missionaries, Ken and Jean- 
nette Solomon, and family, were 
featured guests at an All-Church 
Carry-In Supper on December 19th. 



The following committee, appoint- 
ed by representative groups at last 
General Conference time, is work- 
ing with the Editor of Publications in 
Evangelist promotion : 

Laymen Representatives 

George Schuster, Chairman, 
4653 Ridge Avenue, S. E., 
N. Industry 7, Ohio. 
DeVon Hossler, 
305 N. Morningside, 
Nappanee, Indiana. 

Woman's Missionary Society 

Mrs. Elton Whitted, 

128 Parkwood Drive, 

Ashland, Ohio. 

Mrs. Richard Best, Secretary, 

952 E. Market, 

Nappanee, Indiana. 

Ministerial Association 

Rev. Richard Allison, 
124 Strickler Avenue, 
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. 

Rev. Floyd Sibert, 

Rt. 3, 

Peru, Indiana. 

They have had a number of meet- 
ings with the Editor to adopt a pro- 
gram and have prepared materials to 
aid in building up circulation of the 

The trend in Evangelist subscrip- 
tions is up and this committee de- 
serves much of the credit for their 
enthusiastic devotion to their work 
and the success, which even in this 
early stage, is evident. 

Members of this committee are 
available to visit your church or of- 
ficial board to talk with you about 
the circulation of the Evangelist in 
your church. Inquiries in this respect 
may be addressed to the Chairman 
of the committee or you may contact 
any member of the committee. 

The Editor appreciates the work 
of this committee as they are doing 
a job which is most essential to the 
future success of the Evangelist in 
the program of our church. 

The Solomons conducted the pro- 
gram of the evening. 

Christmas Service was held Christ- 
mas Eve, in the Pleasant Hill 
Brethren Church. 

NAPPANEE, INDIANA. The choir of 
the Goshen church presented their 
Christmas cantata in the Nappanee 
church the evening of December 
16th. This appearance was part of 
a cooperative venture in which the 
Nappanee choir will present their 
Easter cantata next spring in the 
Goshen church. 

Glen Traver, new pastor of the New 
Paris church, has supplied us with 
the following information concern- 
ing himself which we are glad to 
pass on to our readers; 

He has had fifteen years of pas- 
toral and evangelistic labors, com- 
ing from the United Missionary 
Church; is the father of four boys, 
ages 14, 12, 9 and 3. He received 
his A.B. degree from Marion Col- 
lege (Indiana) , and his B.D. degree 
from Evangelical Theological Semi- 
nary, Naperville (Illinois) . 

On Wednesday evening, Decemb- 
er 5th, Brother J. Milton Bowman, 
of our Elkhart church, baptized 
Rev. Traver by triune immersion, 
and, after confirmation, he and 
his wife were received into the 
membership of the New Paris 

December 2nd were conducted by a 
gospel team from Ashland College. 


MADRID (EP) — For the "crime" of 
refusing to kneel at a Roman Cath- 
olic mass during a military exer- 
cise, a Protestant soldier was sen- 
tenced to six months and one day 
in military prison. 

Jose Cabrera Romero had pre- 
viously asked to be excused from 
the religious rite on the basis of 
his evangelical faith. His request 
was denied and he was ordered to 
comply with his "military duty." 

Support Brethren Publications this month. 
Offering Goal -- $8,000. 

January 5, 1963 

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^^ ross Country Conference 

Involving Every Brethren Church 

(Sponsored by the National Ministerial Association 
of the Brethren Church) 

Dates: January 20 - February 3, 1 963 

SOURCE BOOK: "Effective Evangelism" by George 
E. Sweazey (Harper & Brothers) 

Three Cross Country Conferences have been held 
in previous years, as follows: 

1 957— "Stewardship " 

1958— "Missions" 

1959— "Church Order" 

The theme this year is "Training for Conversational 
Evangelism." The term, "conversational," indicates 
that these sessions are geared to better qualify us to 
be evangelistic whenever and wherever we engage any 
person in "conversation" — whether it be a visitation 
call or a casual contact anywhere. 

The Conference is to cover a two-week period in 
every church, preferably January 20 to February, 1963. 
There are to be three sessions within the first week 
and then a break of one week between the third and 
fourth sessions, allowing time for visits and contacts 
to be made. 

"Motivating Our Conversations" 
OBJECTIVES: To discover where we are in our think- 
ing about personal evangelism. 
To teach and lead to an understanding 
of the real motivations for reaching 
others for Christ. 
The purpose of this meeting is to get people talking 
about the need for every Christian to develop the 
ability to converse with others about Jesus Christ. 
Small buzz groups will be good for discussions. Lead- 
ers will also want to share materials from the source 
book with the entire group. 

"Structuring Our Conversations" 
OBJECTIVES: To learn what the message of Evan- 
gelism really is. 

To become trained in "Christian Con- 

Probably the greatest stumbling-block for people 
anxious to witness for Christ is the fear of not know- 
ing what to say. They don't know how to open the 
conversation "naturally" and they are also afraid 
of getting too deeply involved in a discussion which 
will expose their lack of knowledge and produce per- 
sonal embarrassment. Sample calls from Mr. Sweazey's 
book will be discussed. The object is to learn how best 
to respond to every situation we face. 

'Practicing Our Conversations" 
OBJECTIVES: To practice what we have learned 
about handling an "evangelistic con- 

To make assignments for visits and 
contacts during the coming week. 
Being properly motivated to talk to others about 
Christ and learning what ought to be said on every 
occasion are important — but they are not enough for 
Effective Conversational Evangelism. We must not 
only know what to say, but how to say it — and when 
to say nothing. Discussion in small groups and role- 
play will be very helpful in learning how to express 
our beliefs in sincere, but non-pious ways. 

"Recapping Our Conversations" 
OBJECTIVES: To learn more by discussing the bless- 
ings and problems confronted in visita- 

To remind ourselves of the respon- 
sibility to follow-up and nurture those 
who make decisions. 
Most of this session will be devoted to discussion 
of the rewards of the visitation contacts and a shar- 
ing of the problems faced. Each person is encour- 
aged to acknowledge in what ways he felt inadequate, 
so that remedies might be suggested. 

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The Brethren Evangelist 


General Theme for the Year: "LIVING THE LIFE" 
Theme for January — "BY THE WORD OF GOD" 

Writer for January — REV. SPENCER GENTLE 
January S2nd through 31st — "Proclaiming The Word" 

Tuesday, January 22, 1963 
Read Scripture: Psalm 19 

Scripture verse: Let the words of 
my mouth, and the meditations of 
my heart, be acceptable in thy 
sight, O Lord, my strength, and my 
redeemer. Psalm 19:14. 

The psalmist is offering to God 
the words of his mouth and the 
meditation of his heart to God. 
This is his offering to Him. They 
must be acceptable to God, just 
as other sacrifices must be. The 
pious meditations of the heart must 
not be smothered, but expressed 
in the words of our mouth for God's 
glory and the edification of others; 
and the words of our mouth in 
prayer and praise must not be for- 
mal, but arising from the medi- 
tation of the heart. 

The psalmist's care concerning 
these services was that they might 
be acceptable with God; for if our 
services be not acceptable, what do 
they avail us? What encouragement 
he had to hope for this; God was 
his strength and his redeemer. If 
we seek assistance from God as 
our strength in our religious duties, 
we then have power with Him in 
proclaiming His word. 

The Day's Thought 

The words of my mouth, the 
meditation of my heart, are they 
acceptable to Him? 

Wednesday, January 23, 1983 
Read Scripture: Romans 10 

Scripture verse: But I say. Have 
they not heard? Yes verily, their 
sound went into all the earth, and 
their words unto the ends of the 
loorld. Romans 10:18. 

The Jews had rejected the reve- 
lation given them concerning the 
Messiah and the gospel that had 
been proclaimed to them. They had 
all heard, they had all had the 

opportunity to accept, but rejected 
Christ instead; therefore, no ex- 

In the nineteenth Psalm we read : 
"The heavens are telling the glory 
of God; and the firmament pro- 
claims his handiwork. Day to day 
pours forth speech, and night to 
night declares knowledge." The 
revelation of God's word is found 
also in His creation. 

In our day, the gospel of good 
news is being and must be pro- 
claimed throughout the world. If 
we reject this word, then we are no 
better than the Jewish nation who 
rejected Christ. We will have no 
excuse! We must accept; we must 

The Day's Thought 

Let us ask God to place upon 
our hearts a burden to proclaim 
His word to every creature through- 
out the world. 

Thursday, January 24, 1963 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 40:1-11 

Scripture verse: The grass with- 
ereth, the flower fadeth: but the 
word of our God shall stand for- 
ever. Isaiah 40:8. 

The immediate, the historical 
purpose of these words is undoubt- 
edly to reassure the Jews of the 
captivity. Men are compared as 
grass, in this bit of scripture, there- 
fore flesh will fade away. These 
people cannot always give trouble 
to them. The beauty of life does 
not last, for it, too, fadeth. There- 
fore, the problems of this life will 
not always last; neither do the 
material things and the beautiful 
things of life give us security. 

The only sure thing in life is 
the word of God! We can depend 
upon it no matter what might hap- 
pen to us. The word of God is the 
only sure thing that we can grasp 

on to today; knowing this, then, it 
is our responsibility to proclaim it 
to the struggling world. 

The Day's Thought 
Jesus said: "Heaven and earth 
will pass away, but my words will 
not pass away." 

Friday, January 25, 1963 

Read Scripture: Acts 2:37-47 

Scripture verse: Then they that 
gladly received his loord were bap- 
tized: and the same day there were 
added unto them about three thou- 
sand souls. Acts 2:41. 

We find here the power of the 
Word. The Word had been pro- 
claimed that day, the day of Pente- 
cost. The Word entered into the 
hearts of those who were listening; 
it lodged there; it was received 
as Truth; something was done 
about it. These men that day, after 
receiving this treasure, were bap- 
tized and continued in the faith. 
The Holy Spirit of God worked in 
the lives of men through the Word 
as it was proclaimed, and three 
thousand souls were added to the 
church that day! This is the power 
of the proclaimed Word! 

In our day, the trend is to water 
down the Word of God; to make it 
a social gospel seems to be the 
desire of many. And yet today, if 
the Word is proclaimed as it should 
be, the Holy Spirit can convict men 
of sin and men can find the Christ 
of the Word. The Word is as pow- 
erful today as it was on the day. 
of Pentecost! 

The Day's Thought 

We need to proclaim the truth 
of the Gospel to the lost around us. 

Saturday, January 26, 1963 

Read Scripture: Psalm 18:43-50 

Scripture verse: As soon as they 
hear of me, they shall obey me: the 
strangers shall submit themselves 
unto me. Psalm 18:44. 

The eighteenth Psalm is one con- 
cerning the king of Israel. The 
king had become so popular, so 
respected, so powerful that those 
who heard of him or heard of his 
word were willing to submit them- 
selves unto him. 

The Word of our God should 
become so familiar with us that 
we, too, will be willing to obey 
every letter of it. It must be re- 
spected, for it is the most powerful 
agency in the world today, if we 
would allow it to be. Also, if it is 
proclaimed to the world as it should 

January 5, 1963 

Page Seven 

be, "strangers" will submit them- 
selves to it. The Word needs only 
to be preached to lost souls, many 
would accept it as truth and as 
coming from God. In Hebrews we 
read: "For the word of God is 
living and active, sharper than 
any two-edged sword, piercing to 
the division of soul and spirit, of 
joints and marrow, and discern- 
ing the thoughts and intentions of 
the heart." 

The Day's Thought 
Let us submit ourselves com- 
pletely to the will and Word of 

Sunday, January 27, 1963 
Read Scripture: Deuteronomy 32: 

Scripture verse: Because I will 
publish the name of the Lord: as- 
cribe ye greatness unto our God. 
Deuteronomy 32:3. 

This verse of Scripture is found 
in the beginning of the song of 
Moses which was given to the chil- 
dren of Israel as a standing ad- 
monition to them, to take heed of 
forsaking God. These people had 
to be warned constantly of this 
danger; they did not heed the 
danger. In the above verse, Moses 
declares the greatness and right- 
eousness of God. This is done to 
preserve the honor of God, that 
no reproach might be cast upon 
him for the sake of the wicked- 
ness of His people Israel. Moses 
calls upon them to ascribe great- 
ness to Him. 

It will be of great use to us for 
the preventing of sin, and the pre- 
serving of us in the way of our 
duty, always to keep up high and 
honorable thoughts of God, and to 
take all occasions to express them. 
We cannot add to the greatness 
of God, but we can ascribe to it. 
The Day's Thought 

Our God is great in His faith- 
fulness to us; His mercies endureth 

Monday, January 28, 1963 
Read Scripture: Psalm 68:1-14 

Scripture verse: The Lord gave 
the word: great was the company 
of those that published it. Psalm 

This verse of Scripture is prob- 
ably out of a section of the psalm 
that contains sort of a war song. 
Israel was often given victory by 
God over their enemies; they were 
constantly fighting enemies from 

the time they entered Canaan, but 
God always gave them the victory. 

We must observe here that God 
is their commander-in-chief. The 
Lord gives the Word or "command," 
as general of their armies. This 
Word is "published" or given to the 
people by a great host of prophets 
and prophetesses, or God's messen- 

In our day, the Lord gives this 
Word by His messengers; if there 
is a shortage of such messengers, 
it is not His fault, but ours. We 
have failed in helping to raise up 
those who are willing to "publish" 
His Word; God still calls, but we 
refuse to hear! 

The Day's Thought 

We must use every means pos- 
sible to "publish" the Word of our 

Tuesday, January 29, 1963 
Read Scripture-. Acts 13:44-52 

Scripture verse: And the loord of 
the Lord was published throughout 
all the region. Acts 13:49. 

In the early church, the converts 
were more than anxious to let 
others know of the saving grace 
of the Master. It must be noted, 
however, that the Word of God 
was not in printed form as we have 
it today, yet those people published 
the Word everywhere they went. 
They were so filled with the mes- 
sage of good news that they were 
willing to tell it everywhere 
throughout the land. This is why 
Christianity spread so rapidly in 
the early church. 

Today, we are slow in giving 
the Word to others for fear it might 
become an obnoxious thing on our 
part. It is our responsibility to 
witness to others the message of 
the Word. As Christian people, we 
should be willing to do everything 
in our power to see that this great 
message is given throughout the 

The Day's Thought 

God has preserved His Word that 
we might give it to others. 

Wednesday, January 30, 1963 
Read Scripture: Psalm 26 

Scripture verse: That I may pub- 
lish with the voice of thanksgiving, 
and tell of all thy ivondrous ivorks. 
Psalm 26:7. 

David was anxious to go to the 
temple to give praises of thanks- 
giving to God for His goodness 
to him; David was anxious that 

the thanksgiving be given in the 
presence of others for he wanted 
others to know of the greatness 
of God. Therefore, he made it his 
business to honor God and to give 
Him the glory due to His name, 
to publish with the voice of thanks- 
giving all God's wondrous works. 

God's gracious works, which call 
for our thanksgiving, are all won- 
drous works, which call for our 
admiration. We ought to publish 
them, and tell of them, for His 
glory, and the excitement of others 
to praise Him; and we ought to do 
it with the voice of thanksgiving. 
How recently has it been since 
we have taken the time to thank 
God for His Word? How long has 
it been, really, since we have told 
another of our gratitude to God 
for His Word? 

The Day's Thought 

Take time, now, to thank God 
for His Word! 

Thursday, January 3), 1963 
Read Scripture: Matthew 24:1-14 

Scripture verse: And this gospel 
of the kingdom shall be preached 
in all the loorld for a xoitness unto 
all nations; and then shall the 
end come. Mattheio 24:14. 

The greatest responsibility of the 
Christian today is that of preach- 
ing and teaching the "gospel of 
the kingdom to all the world for 
a witness unto all nations." 

This cannot be left just to the 
ministers and the missionaries, but 
each disciple of Christ must do his 
share in sharing the glory of the 
gospel to others. 

How strange, how Providential 
has been the history of the Word 
of God! From the churches of the 
primitive- times it passed to the 
seclusion of monasteries, for many 
a long and barren century; but 
God was with it through the dark- 
ness, and He brought it forth in 
His own good time. The vitality of 
the Word has never been lost, fur- 
thermore, it will never be lost! 
With such a living Word, how can 
we fail to teach and preach it to 

The Day's Thought 

The living Word is ours; ours to 
share; ours to proclaim; let us do 
all we can to make it a witness to 
all nations. 

The devil who gets a man into 
trouble never gets him out. Why 
let him get you in? 

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The Brethren Evangelist 




Floyd S. Benshoff 


BROTHER, it can't be done, for "time and tide 
wait for no man." 

The turn of the year has been made, and by 
this time we have experienced the exit of old 
1962 and tlie entrance of new 1963. Brewster 
recommends : 

to leave the old with a burst of song, 

to recall the right and forgive the wrong; 

to forget the thing that binds you fast 

to the vain regrets of the year that's past. 

It is futile to live in the past. If you didn't make 
money in '62, it will not improve your financial 
situation to spend '63 fretting about it. If the 
apples weren't so big in '62, you'll not make them 
any bigger in '63 by over-lamenting the fact. If 
your laymen's group didn't do so well in '62, it 
will do more harm than good to rehash it. 

But, we do have a new year to work on. Let 
us thank God for life and the privilege of "Liv- 
ing the Life". 

SERVICE . . . Are you service-minded ? What 
motivates the giving of your time to church 
promotion, charitable institutions and the like? 
On the answers to the above queries hinges much 
of your life and mine. As true as "Out of the 
heart are the issues of life" is the quote, "Who- 
soever would become great among you, shall be 
your minister; and whosoever would be first 
among you shall be servant of all." 

There are plenty of folk who are the sponge 
type. . .soak everything up and only give what 
is squeezed out. The presence of people like this 
on the rolls of the church or any organization 
make it difficult for that group to show a decent 
per-capita score in any area. It certainly accounts 
for the snail-like progress of The Church. The 

man who joins the church for business reasons, 
or because it is the thing to do, may as well not 
become affiliated so far as his soul is concerned. 
Unless service and all gifts to the church are 
of the free will and from a heart of love, they 
are given in vain. 

Naturally, to have an attitude acceptable to 
the Lord, should be our highest aim. This involves 
giving ourselves. The gift without the giver is 
bare; (true in the mortal as well as the spiritual 
realm.) Phillips Brooks has said, "No man has 
come to true greatness who has not felt in some 
degree that his life belongs to his race and that 
what God gives him. He gives him for mankind." 
As we would analyze the lives of those we may 
number among the truly great, we recognize that 
they were men who held their lives as sacred 
gifts of God, to be used in the service of their 

LAYMAN; and being a national, district or local 
officer in the Laymen's Organization requires 
some extras, but, in all, our privilege of service in 
the ranks or in positions of leadership should 
be considered in the light of being a Holy trust. 
Progress in our men's groups in 1963 will depend 
largely on the number of Brethren who will be 
service-minded, not having honor or fame as the 
impelling motive, but rather a deep desire to see 
the cause of Christ advanced through The Breth- 
ren Church. 

Do you take time to plan a good men's pro- 
gram for your monthly meeting? Do you take 
time to plan a good lunch? Are the chairs ar- 
ranged ahead of time. . .some seasonal decora- 
tion ... a comfortable atmosphere . . . reports ready 

January 5, 1963 

Page Nine 

. . . (if j^ou are one who thinks that only women 
appreciate things done right, you are wrong.) 
Let us pray that strength and abundant cour- 
age be given to all who work for a world of rea- 
son and understanding under God. Let us face the 
new year as we remember His promise that "I 

will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, 
I will uphold thee with the right hand of my 
righteousness." Isaiah 41:10. 

January is the month in which we consider 
publications. Let us remember our denominational 
publication board in the spirit of liberality. F. S. B. 


It has been a long time since public or printed 
mention has been made of LIFE MEMBERSHIPS in 
the N. L. O. Briefly stated, the plan is to award such -■ 
status to any Brethren man who contributes a sum of 
$50.00 and designates it for such membership. The 
contributions should be made directly to our national 
secretary, Harold Hall, 105 Miller Ave., Oak Hill, West 

To refresh our memories, your editor would lilie to 
list those who, in years gone by, have gained such 
honor. Some have gone from us to that better land, 
but yet speak to us, by the power of the Spirit and 
the many deeds of kindness we recall of them: 
John Eck, New Lebanon, Ohio 
Lloyd Miller, Roann, Ind. 
A. B. Furry, Johnstown, Pa. 
Ralph Klingel, Warsaw, Ind. 
Hiram Ulrey, Warsaw, Ind. 
E. W. Hendricks, Burlington, Ind. 

Russell Rodkey, Burlington, Ind. 

^Oeorge Harshman, North Manchester, Ind. 

William Fells, Stockton, Calif. 

Walter Brubaker, Bryan, Ohio 

Frank Meyers, Berlin, Pa. 

Fred W. Brant, Berlin, Pa. 

Lawrence Brant, Berlin, Pa. 

Roy Gaskill, Bryan, Ohio 

James Newman, Sr., Huntington, Ind. 

David Johnson, Huntington, Ind. 

Walter Nolan, Huntington, Ind. 

Braden Ridenour, Hagerstown, Md. 

Clarence Rohrer, Hagerstown, Md. 

John Rishell, Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Harvey Amstutz, Smithville, Ohio 

This is the list to the best of our present knowledge. 
If there are any omissions, please let your editor 
know. Write him anyway; he needs to hear from 
you. F. S.B. 

Js[. L. O. Membership 

FIRST REPORT . . . YEAR 1962-63 

November I. 1962 

"GOAL 1. A revised list of officers and members, 
addresses, $1.00 dues, sent to the NATIONAL SECRE- 
TARY by November 1, 1962. (5 points)." 

The following churches have achieved full credit 
for the first goal on our Goal Sheet. We are confident 
that many more churches will report shortly and 
that even these herewith named will add to their 
totals. Local and district officers should be reminded 
that all money for dues and other items pertaining 
to the National Laymen's work goes directly to the 
national secretary, HAROLD K. HALL, 105 Miller Ave.. 
Oak HOI, W. Va . . . Will you help boost for the 
1,000 membership we should have? 

Sarasota 23 

Central District 

Waterloo 37 

Indiana District 

Ardmore 21 

Bryan 11 

Denver 4 

Elkhart 13 

North Manchester 11 

Mid-West District 

Falls City 17 

Mulvane 7 

Ohio District 

Gratis 19 

Dayton 21 

Mansfield 7 

Member at Large 1 

Pennsylvania District 

Johnstown II 16 

Johnstown III 18 

Masontown 10 

Vinco 14 

Southeastern District 

Hagerstown 21 

plus one life member 

Oak Hill 15 

St. James 14 

Linwood 12 

Total 313 

Page Ten 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Reverend and Mrs. Kenneth Solomon and their 
two children arrived in Miami, Florida on furlough 
from their missionary work in Argentina, on No- 
vember 10. They were met at the airport by Reverend 
and Mrs. George Solomon, brother and sister-in-law 
of Ken, and Mrs. L. R. Solomon, mother of Ken. 

The Solomons were guests at the Sarasota Brethren 
Church on November 11 and 12. Rev. and Mrs. Ken- 
neth Solomon spoke several times telling about the 
Brethren missionary work in Argentina. From Sara- 
sota the Solomon party travelled by auto to Hagers- 
town, Maryland where the mission car was delivered 
to them for their use. 

The Sarasota Brethren Church has been filling a 
special role in helping to welcome our home coming 
missionaries from Argentina. The Missionary Board, 
as well as the missionaries, appreciate this special, 
voluntary service. 

Inquiries relative to deputation work can be ad- 
dressed directly to 

Reverend and Mrs. Kenneth L. Solomon 
1014 Grant Street 
Ashland, Ohio 
or to the Missionary Board office. 

Missionaries Kenneth and Jeannette Sol- 
omon and their two children visit Sa7-asota 
Brethren Church on first furlough stop 
in the States. Seeing members of the family 
again and reneioing old friendships is a 
joyful experience for all. 


Two Solomon brothers, George and Ken, 
chat with Sarasota church people. 


January 5, 1963 

Page Eleven 




ALL THE RECENT activity, 
special preparations, adver- 
tizement, and air of expectancy in 
our city of Rosario, Argentina was 
not in anticipation of the coming 
of Santa Claus to visit us, but the 
coming of Billy Graham and his 
team. Santa didn't show up but 
Billy and his team did, and they 
presented to the people of Rosario 
"The Greatest Story Ever Told"; 
the vital, life-giving and soul trans- 
forming account of the true Christ- 
mas message that is ever and for 
all peoples, "The power of God unto 
salvation to every one that be- 
lieveth." I was there, thanks be to 
God, and here is a first-hand ac- 
count of what happened. 

"Billy Graham and his team will 
NOT be coming to Argentina as 
previously announced and planned" 
was the shocking and disappointing 
announcement made to us, the 
pastors of Rosario, in one of the 
executive meetings in 1961. We had 
already worked and prayed long 
hours in anticipation of the biggest 
evangelistic effort ever made in our 
city, and now they told us he wasn't 
coming. To those of you who know 
a little of the detailed and complex 
preparations and organization that 
such a campaign requires, will un- 
derstand somewhat the tremendous 
work that had been done, and now 
— all in vain? So it seemed. 

Nevertheless many did not so 
easily give up, and some still felt 
it was God's will that such a cam- 
paign be held. So prayers for a 
spiritual revival continued and on 
March 16, 1932 the executive com- 
mittee was called together . for 
another meeting and we received 
the good news that now Billy Gra- 
ham and his team could come, but 

it would be in October. This meant 
that in just six months we had 
to do the work that normally takes 
at least a year to do well. So we 
resolutely put into working order 
all the organizational machinery 
previously prepared and each sub- 
committee began to concentrate it- 
self on the tremendous and chal- 
lenging task. 

I won't bore you with a detailed 
report of the many, many hours 
spent by the various committees 
and the executive committee plan- 
ning, resolving problems, etc. I shall 
only say that I thank God for the 
eye-opening, first-hand opportunity 
to see just how much sacrifice, 
work, time, and finances are neces- 
sary for such a city-wide evan- 
gelistic effort of this size. It amazed 

At last the great day arrived 
for which we had long prayed, 
planned, and prepared. Were we 
ready for it? Were we really pre- 
pared? Had each committee done 
its part? Only time would tell. 

I went with others of the exec- 
utive committee to meet the train 
on which Roy Gustafson, associate 
pastor of Billy Graham, was to ar- 
rive. It was Monday, October 1, 
1962. Being one of the few English- 
speaking mem.bers of the committee 
I wa.s privileged to chat informally 
with him around the dinner table 
and receive a first-hand report on 
his recent trip to Africa and the 
Holy Land. He immediately struck 
me as a very humble, sincere, and 
deeply-spiritual man of God. I was 
glad, for upon him rested the great 
responsibility of six of the eight 
nights of the campaign in Rosario. 
Then Billy would arrive for the last 
two meetings as he was doing in 

The first four nights was in a 
large, boxing arena that would seat 
around 6,000 people. The attendance 
was good — around 4,000 or 5,000 — 
the audience respectful and atten- 
tive, and the number of conversions 
filled us with joy. My job was the 
strategic placement of the coun- 
selors (around 300) and their su- 
pervisors, the pastors. As an indi- 
vidual would leave his place to go 
forward, the supervisor nearest him 
or her would assign a counselor of 
around the same age and sex to ac- 
company them. 

The last four nights were held 
in an open-air soccer stadium just 
four blocks from our home and 
church on Amenabar 273. This was, 
of course, a great unanticipated 
blessing for our local work there. 

The nights were very cold, the 
wind blew, and yet the people came 
by the thousands. Some unseen in- 
fluence was drawing them, some 
unknown hunger, some unfulfilled 
needs and desires. Their individual 
reasons for coming didn't interest 
us too much. What was most im- 
portant — they came and they 
heard, and many responded. How 
many? Oh, yes, I nearly forgot. 
The American mind always wants 
a statistical report and tends to 
count success in numbers, though 
we all know that they do not always 
give the true picture of success 
or failure. Well, the report showed 
around 1,300 conversions when I 
left Rosario. But God alone knows 
the tremendous impact the meeting 
had on the people of Rosario, and 
only eternity will reveal how many 
were converted by this great evan- 
gelistic effort. Pray for those con- 
verted, those touched by the mes- 
sage, and the follow-up work! 


February 25-26-27 

Pag-e Twelve 

The Brethren Evangelist 



Your National President Speaks . . . 

Concerning Goal No. 5 


As I HAVE BEEN looking over 
our goals, it seems to me that 
January is a good month to em- 
phasize Goal No. 5, the goal en- 
couraging us to read. 

In a book entitled "The Art of 
Living," it has this to say about 
the art of reading. "You open doors 
when you open books. . .doors that 
swing wide to unlimited horizons 
of knowledge, wisdom and inspira- 
tion that will enlarge the dimen- 
sions of your life. . . 

"Read something each day (be- 
sides the newspaper) . Discipline 
yourself to a regular schedule of 
reading. With only fifteen minutes 
a day you can read twenty books 
in a year. . . 

"Read to increase your knowl- 
edge, your background, your aware- 
ness, your insight . . . 

"Read to lead... read to grow." 

"The goal suggests seven books — 

asking that 75% of the members 

read at least two books. I hope you 

can read more than two. 

I checked our Public Library and 
found two of the books, "All Things 
Are Possible Through Prayer" 
(which every member should read) 
and "The Small Woman." This gives 
us more books to circulate among 
our members. I know many times 
we have to read the books rather 
huri'iedly in order to pass them 
on to another member. After my 
neighbor, Waneta Brubaker, read 
the book on Prayer, she imme- 
diately ordered one for herself. It 
is good to have these books on our 
own book shelves. I liked the book, 
"Prayer — Conversing with God" and 
many times I pick it up and slowly 
read a chapter. 

I suppose as we look back on 
our lives we do have many regrets 

and one of mine is that I have 
not read more books. 

Goal No. 5 is for you, for the 
enrichment of your life. 


Forget each kindness that you do 
As soon as you have done it. 
Forget the praise that falls to you 
The moment you have won it. 
Forget the slander that you read 
Before you can repeat it. 
Forget each slight, each spite, each 

Wherever you may meet it. 

Remember every kindness done to 

Whate'er its measure. 
Remember praise by others won. 
And pass it on with pleasure; 
Remember every promise made, 
And keep it to the letter. 
Remember those who lend you aid. 
And be a grateful debtor. 

Remember all the happiness 
That comes your way in living. 
Forget each worry and distress. 
Be hopeful and forgiving. 
Remember good, remember truth. 
Remember heaven's above you; 
And you will find through age and 

That many hearts will love you. 


I Love to Hear the Story — if it 
doesn't last more than twenty 

Take My Life and Let It Be — yes, 

let it be, dear Lord. 
Sweet Hour of Prayer — ^is indeed 

wonderful, but I am really too 

busy to engage in it. 
I Love to Tell the Story — but only 

in church. 
Have Thine Own Way — with Mrs. 

Jones and Mrs. Smith. 
If Jesus Goes with Me — it may be 

embarrassing for us both. 


By Grace Noll Crowell 

Open the Bible wide this New 

Year's day, 
Spread it upon a table at your side; 
The year ahead is a strange un- 
charted way. 
Here is your map, your teacher, and 

your guide. 
Con it to find the blessed will of 

Study it long to learn its every 

This is the road the ancient fathers 

This is a signpost set for age and 


Here in these challenging days we 

need Thee, Lord; 
Foolhardy indeed 'twould be to start 

Without the chart and compass of 

Thy Word, 
And with no guidance, face the 

great unknown. 
Give us the courage and the 

strength to go 
Forward with Thee — a way we do 

not know. 

January 5, 1963 


Rev. H. William Fells 

Page Thirteen 

"LIVING THE LIFE" is an ex- 
tremely interesting and important 
theme for our church. Teenagers 
and adults alike have difficulty 
determining HOW to Live THE Life. 
Of course, we have all had expe- 
riences when we felt like saying, 
"Man, this is really living." But 
how many of these were experiences 
with Christ? 

For nearly a century now, we 
Americans have had difficulty with 
the idea of ALL of life being THE 
watched such things as Material- 
ism, Pragmatism, and many other 
Isms come to the front. And we 
have been filled with the idea that 
Churchianity was all we needed. 
This was supplied by being present 
on Sunday mornings for Sunday 
School and the Worship Service. 
But what about during the week 
when the going gets rough? 

This writer was twenty-eight 
years old before the answers be- 
gan to become clear as to what he 
could do. Oh, yes, there had been 
all of the experiences of being left 
out of the circle when children 
played "Drop the Handkerchief", 
being left out when the neighbor- 
hood gang chose up sides for sand- 
lot baseball, and not being per- 
mitted to take gym along with the 
other high school students. There 
were moments when, with the aid 
of crutches or brace or whatever 
device was handy, I endeavored to 
strike back at society, family, 
friends, and God because of my 
physical limitations by being down- 
right mean and obnoxious. BUT 
then came the day that the Mas- 
ter was met face to face. Praise 
God for the conversion experience 
which introduces one to the op- 
portunity to "Live the Life." When 
Christ comes in and takes over the 
living experience, old things pass 
away, behold, ALL things become 
new. Christ can change the heart 
and mind from the selfish and 

greedy to the loving and compas- 
sionate. But even this takes some 

So, "Living the Life" takes (1) an 
individual with limitations, (2) 
Christ, the Saviour of the world, 
by "whom all things made that 
were made", and (3) TIME. 

Every individual ought to KNOW 
THYSELF, then it becomes ap- 
parent what the limitations are, 
and even severe limitations can be 
used to God's glory and honor. 
What can be done with a twisted 
body, that has been encased in 
plaster casts for weeks and months? 
What can be done with a twisted 
mind warped completely out of 
shape trying to find the answer 
to the question, 'Why, WHY did 
this have to happen to me?" God 
has a purpose in each and every 
experience that comes to each and 
every individual. Stepping stones 
or stumbling blocks can be made 
of every experience. 

I am thankful for my affliction 
for it has been given into the hands 
of God to be used to His glory 
and honor, and hereby I have been 
instructed how to "Live the Life." 
God has used my limitations to 
drive me again and again into the 
arms of Jesus and to seek His guid- 
ance and His mercy, wisdom, and 
understanding. He has laid His 
healing hand upon me, and bid- 
den me to "Rise, take up thy bed, 
and walk." For, as most of you 
know, thirty-five years of my life 
had past before it was made pos- 
sible for me to stand and walk 
without the aid of crutches, cane, 
or brace. Not only has God taught 
me "How to live the Life" depend- 
ing on Him, but He has taken a 
twisted, lumpy, maladjusted piece 
of clay, and regenerated it, making 
it of value to Himself and to the 

Stockton, Calif. 

Only 39 

Every year the Bible Reading 
and Memorization goal is the goal 
most frequently missed. The me- 
morization this year is the books 
of the Old Testament. There are 
only 39 of them but we surely 
have trouble remembering them all. 

I have found the easiest way for 
me to remember them is to sing 
them to the tune of "Near the 
Cross." The books fit in like this: 

Genesis and Exodus, Leviticus 
and Numbers, Deuteronomy the 
next, Joshua, Judges, Ruth. 

First and Second Samuel, First 
and Second Kings, First and Sec- 
ond Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah. 

Esther, Job, and then the Psalms, 
Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Sol- 
omon comes next, followed by 

Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, 
and Daniel, Hosea and Joel, Amos, 

(Repeat chorus) Jonah, Micah, 
Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, 
Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi. 

You need to put in an occasional 
note but I think you can get them 
to work in. 

Mrs. William Ankrom from Louis- 
ville, Ohio, teaches her Junior girls 
a song called "The Books of the 
Old Testament." This song is found 
in the "Salvation Song Book No. 1" 
if you'd like to learn it. 

Let's get busy and learn the books 
now so you can say them — or sing 
them — at your Public Service. Af- 
ter all, there are only 39. 

Page Fourteen 

The Brethren Evangelist 



The L. W. R. Program of the Brethren Church was 
set up by a committee several years ago to encourage 
young people to seek out God's will in their life. Fol- 
lowing is the interpretation of the program as out- 
lined by the participating Boards and Organizations: 

...A L. W. R. is one who feels God is calling him 
(or her) into full-time Christian Service — by this we 
mean the Ministry, Missions, or some other full-time 
work where the individual earns his support or salary 
from a church-sponsored board or organization. Many 
people will say that they are a full-time Christian 
worker in any profession or occupation. We feel that 
when a person accepts Christ, he should be a worker 
for Him in any occupation, be it business, farming, 
office, sales, etc. We would hope, however, that some 
Christians feel God's call to go even one step farther, 
that is to enter a Life Work — Ministry, Missions, or 
some other employment where he is paid by a church 
board or organization. I hope you can see the distinc- 
tion we make between the two. 

In our files we have many young people who are 
undecided about their future, or who have put down 
an occupation that does not come under our in- 
terpretation of a L. W. R. We would still encourage 
this, because what that young person is saying is 
that he will continually seek out God's will in his 
choice of labor. A very great percentage of those 
who have declared their intention will never become 
ministers or missionaries because God is not calling 
them into this area. However, we want them to make 
sure that God is not calling them into full-time work 
before they go into some other type of work. If God 
is calling them into full-time work, then we should 

do all we can on our part to encourage and aid them 
in whatever way we are able. 

Many young people feel that because they have 
signed a Declaration of Intention Card and then 
change their minds they are bound to follow out 
what they had put down. This is not a binding con- 
tract, but it is just what it says, a declaration of 
intention, intending to seek out and follow God's 
will in an occupation or profession, putting first the 
ministry, missions, or some other full-time work, and 
then other occupations. 

The various Boards and Organizations taking part 
in sending out literature are: Ashland Theological 
Seminary, Ashland College, Mission Board, Sunday 
School Board, National Ministerium, National Lay- 
men's Organization, the National W. M. S. and the 
Brethren Youth Board. The National Brethren Youth 
Office is the agency where the records are kept and 
the materials sent out. 

You will find here a breakdown of the number of 
L. W. Recruits we have on file by Districts and by 
churches. If your church is not listed, it means there 
are no L. W. R. in your church receiving the nine 
mailings each year. 

Again may I stress the importance of the L. W. R. 
Program for the Brethren Church. We need many 
full-time Christian Workers, and about the only place 
we are going to get them is from your church. Too 
many young men and women have passed by God's 
call to enter full-time work because the parents, pas- 
tor, church members, friends did not take the time 
to talk with them and encourage them. Do not let 
this happen in your church to your young people. 
Pray for them and this program. 

New Lebanon Youth 
Got Off . . . 

... to a good start with an av- 
erage attendance of 38 for the three 
groups. These groups are: Juniors, 
Intermediates and Teens. 

The sponsor's aim is "to train, 
not to entertain!" 

On October 30th (beggar's nite) 
a group met at the church. The 

young people handed out Christian 
tracts door to door instead of ask- 
ing for treats. Some of the people 
could not believe the youth were 
there to treat them instead of 
tricking them. 

Everyone then met for a share 
and prayer time. The young peo- 
ple were blessed in this experience 
as were the people called on. 

This wonderful evening ended 
with donuts, cider and popcorn 

January 5, 1963 

Page Fifteen 

Life Work Recruit Program Data 

November I, 1962 


Bethlehem 2 

Cumberland 1 

Hagerstown 4 

Maurertown 4 

Mt. Olive 2 

St. James 1 

Washington, D. C 5 

Facts: 12 girls — 7 boys 

11 S.E. churches have 


Berlin 3 

Brush Valley 4 

Highland 1 

Johnstown II 5 

Johnstown III 9 

Masontown 2 

Vandergrift 1 

Vinco 6 

Facts: 20 girls — 11 boys 

14 Penn. churches have 


Akron 1 

Ashland, Garber 3 

Ashland, Park St 12 

Dayton 2 

Fremont 4 

Gratis 2 

Gretna 4 

Louisville 12 

Mansfield 3 

Newark 1 

New Lebanon 3 

N. Georgetown 8 

Pleasant Hill 6 

Smithville 10 

W. Alexandria 1 

Williamstown 3 

Facts: 43 girls — 32 boys 

7 Ohio churches have 


Cerro Gordo 2 

Lanark 12 

Milledgeville 9 

Udell 1 

Waterloo 5 

Facts: 17 girls — 12 boys 

Central Dist. churches have 
(None from Leon, Iowa) 


Ardmore 6 

Brighton Chapel 2 

Bryan, Ohio 8 

Burlington 4 

Center Chapel 2 

Corinth 4 

County Line 1 

Dutchtown 3 

Elkhart 7 

Flora 5 

Goshen 17 

Huntington 2 

Loree 6 

Mexico 7 

Milford 2 

Muncie 1 

Nappanee 10 

New Paris 2 

N. Liberty 8 

N. Manchester 9 

Oakville 3 

Peru 5 

Roann 20 

South Bend 8 

Teegarden 1 

Tiosa 5 

Warsaw 5 

Facts: 107 girls — 46 boys 

7 Indiana churches have 


Carleton 1 

Ft. Scott 1 

Mulvane 2 

Facts: 2 girls — 2 boys 

4 Mid-West Dist. churches have 


Manteca 3 

Stockton 4 

Facts: 2 girls — 5 boys 

1 California church has 


Tucson 9 

Papago Park 1 

Facts: 9 girls— 1 boy 


Facts: 1 girl 


Facts: 5 girls — 1 boy 

TOTAL 335 (218 girls— 117 boys) 

45 churches have — 71 churches have 335 

Welcome To 
New Group 

The new Jr. Hi Brethren Youth 
group of Nappanee was organized 
September 30, 1962. At our first 
meeting we elected officers. They 

Judy Browne — ^President 
Linda Holderman — Vice President 
Ruth Ingraham — Treasurer 
Mary Beth Arch — Secretary. 

Our advisors are; 
Mr. & Mrs. Phil Hershberger 
Judy Swihart 
Mr. &. Mrs. David Bowers. 

This meeting was held at Dewart 
Lake with 16 present. Phil Hersh- 
berger took us on a nature hike 
after the meeting. Max Bigler in- 
stalled the officers. 

— Mary Beth Arch, 

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Brethren Publication Board 

gested by our Editor and I 
shall attempt to comment upon it 
in very simple terms. I would like 
to give you an over-all picture of 
what you have invested in a pub- 
lishing house and what this house 
renders to you in the way of ser- 

"What it takes" suggests that we 
enumerate the various facilities 
essential to the maintaining of such 
service. They are as follows: 

(1) It takes a building in which to 

(We have a good substantial 
building valued at more than 

(2) It takes machinery — presses, 
intertype machines, cutters, 
stitchers, and much other 

(All above machinery has an 
original cost of over $100,000.) 

(3) It takes a shop superintendent 
and operators to man these 

(Our men are tops in skill, 
ability, and workmanship.) 

(4) It takes the talent and in- 
spiration of a qualified editor 
to prepare the copies each 
week, and to write challenging 
editorials directing the 
thought and aspirations of all 
Brethren, young and old. 
(Our editor is doing a great 
and commendable work.) 

(5) It takes a Board of Trustees 
devoted to the task of manag- 
ing the Publishing House that 
it may meet the needs of a 
growing denomination, and 
deliver a product of high cali- 
ber. Christian literature. 
{The Brethren Evangelist 
ranks high among all religious 

(6) It takes a Prudential com- 
mittee to oversee, advise, and 
assist the entire corps of work- 
ers, in accomplishing their 

(All members of the Board 
serve without pay.) 

(7) To operate economically, it 
takes 5,000 subscriptions to 
The Brethren Evangelist, to be 
printed weekly; and a large 
quantity of job work to keep 
machines and operators work- 
ing profitably. 

(Idle machines and idle work- 
ers are unprofitable.) 

(8) And this last is the prize 
"take" of all: it takes the loy- 
alty and support of every man, 
woman, son, and daughter 
who claims the name Breth- 

The above are "What it takes." 
But you can have the finest building 
in the world, the best machinery 
and equipment money can buy, the 
highest type of personnel, yet if 
you do not have customers for your 

finished product, you may be well 
on the way to bankruptcy. 

Well, your Board members are 
not exactly that despondent, but 
they are dissatisfied. We want 1,500 
additional subscriptions to The 
Brethren Evangelist; and we want 
an ample offering to get us out of 

In the past four years we have 
installed approximately $30,000 
worth of new machinery. We are 
in debt at the present time $13,500. 
"Brethren, this ought not to be." 
And it will not be, if each of you 
will subscribe to the following state- 

"I am a Brethren and proud of 
it. I am, therefore, a potential 
stockholder in all Brethren cor- 
porations, including the Brethren 
Publishing Company. As a loyal 
stockholder, I purchase the product 
of my own Company. I patronize 
my own business. In other words, 
I subscribe to The Brethren Evan- 
gelist. Furthermore, I will give ex- 
tra money to help get my company 
out of debt. I want to see my busi- 
ness prosper and grow." 

Brethren, let's take this matter 
seriously. Let's get out of debt. Our 
Board has asked for an offering of 
$8,000, but we will gladly accept 
more to wipe out the debt entirely. 

Remember this is your corpora- 
tion, your business. And, The 
Brethren Evangelist is the product 
of your business. Patronize it and 
make us all happy in the work. 
Ashland, Ohio. 

anuary 5, 1963 

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REV. ROBERT L HOFFMAN, Secretary-Treasurer, 
Brethren Publication Board 

'AFTER TRAVEL and Study in 
j3 countries, I have come to this 
conclusion — the only way we are 
?oing to be able to carry out the 
jjreat commission, 'Go ye into all 
:he world and preach the gospel 
l;o every creature,' will be BY 
(Dr. Oswald J. Smith, pastor of 
The Peoples Church, Toronto, Can- 

If this be true, and we have no 
logical reason to assume that it is 
not, the Brethren Church had bet- 
ter begin to take seriously our task 
of printing Christian literature! 
And we had better do it now! 

I was amazed one evening, about 
one month ago to view on T. V. 
a program entitled "Meet Comrade 
Student", which pointed out among 
other things, that in connection 
with practically every high school 
(the equivalent to our American 
high school) Russia had a Foreign 
Publishing Society as a trade school. 
These students learned the printer's 

trade, publishing interests, shop 
work, etc., necessary for the vast 
publishing interests in Russia. Even 
the most naive among us knows 
that Russia is trying to out-write 
and out-print the Free World. 

Consider the following facts. At 
the present time the Bible, or por- 
tions of it, has been translated into 
1.109 languages. It is still the most 
widely-read book on earth. How- 
ever, the present rate of Com- 
munist translation has surpassed 
that of the Bible Translation. Since 
1948 the works of Lenin have been 
issued in 968 languages, while the 
Bible has been put in 887. In 1955, 
for example, there were 371 trans- 
lations made of Lenin's writings, 
but only 99 of the Bible, according 
to the American Bible Society. It 
is obvious that if this trend con- 
tinues, the Communists will win 
the world race for new literates. 
It is a challenging and sobering 
fact — that while the western world 
pays to support missionaries to 

teach the people of the emerging 
nations how to read, the Com- 
munists are supplying what they 
read I 

Brethren publications make a 
distinct contribution to the work 
and action of the Brethren Church. 
They are an aid in promoting the 
gospel of Jesus Christ both within 
and beyond the bounds of the 
church. These publications are also 
an aid in informing the people of 
the Brethren Church so that they 
can work together in an effective 

Do we, of the Brethren Church, 
still believe in the Great Commis- 
sion? Do we agree with Dr. Oswald 
J. Smith that the only way that we 
are going to carry out this task 
PAGE? // the answer to both ques- 
tions is "yes", for what are we 
waiting? There is no task more 
urgent in the Brethren Church to- 

Meyersdale, Pennsylvania. 



REV. JOHN T. BYLER. Member, 
Brethren Publication Board 

'T'KIS IS A BIG subject, but I 
1 believe it revolves around one 
central idea which can be expressed 
in one polysyllabic word. The word 
I am thinking of is "communica- 

God's whole program in relation 
to man has been a program of com- 

municating through a number of 
methods. Through dreams, through 
visions, through super-natural 
events, through visitations of heav- 
enly beings, — even through speak- 
ing directly to some men — God 
made an effort to communicate His 
love and His will to His creatures. 

But man, in his human state, with 
sinful characteristics and limited 
ability to understand, could not 
fully grasp what God was seeking 
to do. 

Then, God communicated directly 
with man through the Incarnation, 
when He came to dwell with man 

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in the person of Jesus Christ. In 
this effort, God was able to "com- 
municate" and Christ pointed out 
God's method for man's escape 
from eternal death. 

From that day to this, the Church 
of Jesus Christ has attempted to 
follow its primary assignment — 
"communication." As it witnesses, 
the Church communicates God's 
message to a world still seeking 
a Saviour. When it fails to wit- 
ness, the church fails in its as- 
signment to communicate the good 
news of life eternal. 

Every missionary, every pastor, 
every Sunday School teacher, ev- 
ery faithful believer who helps to 
make known the wonderful love 
of God, belongs to that great corps 
of messengers who make up the 
Church — the Body of Christ. Since 
the Church is made up of a vast 
number of individuals, we will 
surely realize that there are a vast 
number of methods whereby this 
communication can be carried out. 
It can be done through preaching, 
through teaching, through precept 
and example, through a simple tell- 
ing of the good news, through radio 
and television, through Christian 
literature, and through any other 

method that will promote and en- 
courage any of these. 

This round-about introduction 
more or less lays the groundwork 
for the thing I am particularly in- 
terested in emphasizing in the rest 
of this article. We all know that 
the world is going through a great- 
er political change at the present 
time than at any other time in 
human history. Many Christians, 
realizing that this is true, have at- 
tempted to help spread the news of 
life through the medium of Chris- 
tian literature, but our efforts thus 
far, have been much too feeble. 
The Communists, also recognizing 
this political change, have gone 
"all out" to flood the world with 
their messages of hatred and death, 
in "sugar-coated" promises to win 
the world to their cause. It is sad 
to relate, but none-the-less true, 
that the Communists have thus far 
outstripped the efforts of the 
Church in this endeavor. 

Today, our own denomination is 
faced with a struggle to keep all 
of our interests alive, and to keep 
faithfully giving forth the Word 
of Life. We must be united in this 
effort and there is no more effec- 
tive physical force available to our 

denomination or to the Church i 
Universal than the communicationi 
efforts of publishing and printings 
the good news. Through these ef- 
forts in our own denomination, we* 
are kept in touch with each other; 
we are informed of the successes 
and failures of our fellow- workers; 
we are challenged to greater and 
nobler tasks; we are given infor- 
mation about all denominational 
interests from missions right down 
through all of the arms of the 
church to the very level of the 
"grass roots." Without this pro- 
gram of information, of challenge 
and of sharing, we would cease to 
function as a denomination and 
simply find it necessary to all go 
our separate ways. 

These are some of the reasonsj 
that communication is the life-; 
blood of our denomination in its: 
outreach to promote the teachings 
of Christ through Christian lit- 
erature. Our denomination will be 
strengthened or weakened in ac- 
cord with the success or failure 
of our Christian literature pro- 
gram. It must have our finest sup- 
port if our church is to fulfill its 

South Bend, Indiana. 



REV. J. G. DODDS, Member, 
Brethren Publication Board 

To BE ABLE for a mechanic to 
properly service an automo- 
bile, he must be able and fully pre- 
pared with thorough knowledge of 
the latest appliances as well as 
having knowledge of the functions 
of the various parts of the mech- 
anism. For a teacher in our pub- 
lic schools to teach worthily and 
acceptably, she must be well-in- 
formed as to the subject matter in 
hand, and also with the latest and 
most efficient methods of instruc- 
tion. For a banker to perform his 
tasks with profit, he must have a 

thorough knowledge of business 
principles and the know-how of 
their application. 

Likewise, to most effectively and 
efficiently serve and enhance the 
work of the Brethren Church, ev- 
ery member should be well-ground- 
ed in the doctrines, teachings, prac- 
tices, and PROGRAM of the 
have definite convictions and con- 
scientiously stand for those con- 
victions. The entire membership of 
the Church, to accomplish the 
greatest Victory in our overall 

Church Program, needs to be of 
one mind, and one purpose in a 
unified harmonious ONENESS. 

is the OFFICIAL ORGAN of the 
ONE printed unifying agency of the 
denomination. In its pages are to 
be found progress news, Bible ex- 
positions (Prayer Meeting topics, 
Sunday school lesson notes. Doc- 
trinal articles, etc.) , and promo- 
tional articles of, and for the va- 
rious areas of Christian labors in 
which the Brethren Church op- 

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rates. In its pages are to be found 
uggestions for programs of inter- 
st to W.M. S., Laymen, S. M. M., 
irotherhood organizations and 
ther suggestions of Improvement 
nto greater efficiency in the at- 
ainment of victories. The Breth- 
en Evangelist is historical, educa- 
ional, doctrinal, unifying, edifying, 
,nd challenging. Conference de- 
isions, evangelistic results, and 
aany other interesting and inspir- 
,tional features are there to be of 
irofit to faithful and active mem- 
ers of the Church. 

Those interested in the Lord's 
work as pronounced and promoted 
by the Brethren Church in The 
Brethren Evangelist should find in 
The Brethren Evangelist worthy 
ideas which are inspiring, vitaliz- 
ing and motivating. For all loyal 
members of the Brethren Church, 
regular, thoughtful, prayerful, and 
soul-searching reading of The 
Brethren Evangelist is a MUST. 
Reading its pages will be of great 
help in "Living the Life" by serv- 
ing with Christ, suppressing self, 
believing in God, and living by 

faith. I am convinced that a most 
profitable missionary venture for 
any local church is to get The 
Brethren Evangelist planted in ev- 
ery home represented in her mem- 
CHURCH. It is, therefore, impor- 
tant that all members read the 
OFFICIAL ORGAN of the Brethren 

Massillon, Ohio. 



REV. PHIL LERSCH, Vice President, 
Brethren Publication Board 

r HERE'S NOTHING original 
about that title, is there? It's 
lot new at all. I've heard it said 
iften, but I can't remember when 
ir why. The result is that it carries 
?ith it no hidden meaning depend- 
nt upon past usage. So I use it 
lere entirely on its own merit — 
,nd the meaning which I shall 
letermine it to have. 

Regardless of the frame of ref- 
irence, "UP" means achievement, 
idvancement, progress, gain, 
;rowth or attainment. Anyone in- 
erested in moving upward is con- 
lerned about striving higher — 
whatever this may mean in each 
ield of endeavor. It's an activity 
?hich every country, every business, 
;very church, every committee, ev- 
iry family, and every person must 
lave as one of its core drives. 
!t's the proper, it's the correct, it's 
he right, it's the successful thing 
;o do! 

And yet, far too many people and 
)rganizations never experience the 
;hrill and rewards of zooming "up- 
ward." Why? 

There are many explanations, but 
me good one is that they never 
isk, "Which Way Is Up?" They are 
:ontent just to' exist and move 
ilong as usual. 

We need to identify "UP" in ev- 
ery area of our lives. We need to 
determine the direction we ought 
to be going. Then we can begin 

To be more specific, "Which Way 
TIONS?" For it is in this context 
that the whole question is raised 
in this issue of the Evangelist. What 
are WE shooting for in Brethren 
literature? (I say "We" because 
you could be writing this piece as 
well as I. We are all stockholders 
in the Brethren Publishing Com- 
pany. I am not reporting an of- 
ficial board action. I'm writing as 
a "layman" in journalistic and 
printing endeavors — just as you 
could do.) 

So, I'll state it again: "Which 
Way Is Up For Us In Brethren 
Publications?" It would be simple 
here to name the desired factual 
and mechanical gains — more Evan- 
gelist subscriptions, all churches 
using the Imprinted Sunday School 
Literature, all bills paid, and the 
ability to print everything in sight. 
But it's not that easy. Besides, 
we need to lift our sights and take 
a broader view of the great needs 
for Christian literature today — 
more specifically. Brethren Chris- 
tian Literature. 

The market is being flooded to 
overflowing with trash we don't 
want our young people to read. 
For example. Nation's Business car- 
ried a report in March, 1961, which 
stated, "Freedom of the press, along 
with loopholes in our postal and 
anti-subversion laws, allows com- 
munists to print and import more 
than 10 million newspapers, maga- 
zines, pamphlets, and tracts here 
each year. This is in addition to 
the Reds' efforts to infiltrate legiti- 
mate U.S. publications ... Much of 
the foreign communist material is 
directed at young people in the 
U. S. In 1959, 380,000 packages, con- 
tainiiig about 580,000 items, were 
addressed to students, schools, or 
colleges. The volume has been in- 
creasing at the rate of almost 40 
per cent a year." The need is great 
for every Christian publishing con- 
cern to fight this "war of words" 
with The Truth. 

This leads me to make a stab at 
answering the question, "Which 
Way Is Up?" Our goal must be 
to meet all of the literature and 
printing needs of the Brethren 
Church (if not all, as many as pos- 
sible) . This will involve many mat- 

For example, it means getting 
more Brethren people interested 

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and concerned and learning about 
the work and needs of the Breth- 
ren Church and its program. 

It means being the literary arm 
for every concern of the church 
(the Mission Board, Benevolent 
Board, Youth Board, Sunday School 
Board, Ashland College, Laymen, 
W. M. S., District Conferences, the 
local church, a person — you name 
it . . . the printing and publishing 
facilities are available) . 

It means the encouraging of 
reading good Christian literature 

and the use of valuable Christian 
Education materials through the 
Book Store. 

It means contributing to the side 
of Righteousness in her war against 
false ideologies. 

It means not only distributing, 
but preserving the valuable histori- 
cal actions and teachings of the 
Brethren Church. 

This is what I'm led to say. What 
are you saying? If you don't think 
it's worthwhile to have such goals 

in mind for Brethren literature, 
write a letter to the Publication 
Board stating your case. However,: 
if you think it's worthwhile to have 
such a printing and literature pro- 
gram for the church — give! 

I think it's extremely important.i 
That's why we give 36(^ every week 
of the year to support it. Many 
others give too. I hope you'll join us. 
It's one of the best ways I know, 
to add your personal push toward) 

Ashland, Ohio. 



Berlin, Pennsylvania 

nPHE CONFLICT of the ages is 
1 upon us today. When did this 
warfare between the Kingdom of 
God and kingdom of Satan com- 
mence? The battle actually began 
in Heaven, when Lucifer, the son 
of the morning, rebelled against 
God with his five assertions to 
direct to himself the worship due 
to God alone. In consequence of 
his sin, God cast him out of Heav- 
en. Immediately the conflict of the 
ages began, and the earth became 
the scene of Satan's activity. 

God created man upright in char- 
acter, but his devotion had to be 
tested. Satan first tempted Eve. Eve 
sinned through her unbelief as she 
listened to the devil's questions 
about God's Word. Adam also fell. 

Thus our first parents changed 
their allegiance and trust in their 
Creator to Satan. God's archenemy 
from that moment, Satan, took 
the offensive through temptation, 
and fallen man tried to defend 
himself. This conflict rages in ev- 
ery area of our lives. Are you and 
I aware of it? 

Our Bible warns us of three 
main sources of attack. Wise is 
the Christian who watches in these 
three directions. 

The first attack is through the 
world. I John 2:15 declares, "Love 
not the world, neither the things 
that are in the world. If any man 
love the world, the love of the 
Father is not in him." This is not 

God's world of nature, but the 
materialistic world system from 
which God is entirely left out. 
While we are temporarily living in 
this world, we are told never to 
love and cherish it. Our love is to 
be reserved for Christ and our 
brethren. And I mean our brethren 
in Christ Jesus. 

The second attack is through the 
flesh. By flesh I mean our natural 
life, our human nature. I Peter 
2:11 entreats, "Dearly beloved, I 
beseech you as strangers and pil- 
grims, abstain from fleshly lusts, 
which war against the soul." The 
flesh is our internal foe. If we 
are going to overcome, we must 
begin inside. An enemy inside the 
fort, is far more dangerous than 
one outside. Our flesh is hopelessly 
bad and never can be renovated 
for a victorious life. It must be 
repudiated, until that day of death, 
through sanctiflcation in which the 
Holy Spirit fills us. Our lives are 
an increasing struggle. 

The third source of attack is 
when Satan makes use of both the 
world and the flesh. He is a de- 
ceiver, a liar, and a murderer, and 
will stoop to anything to cause us 
to fall. John 8:44 declares: "Ye 
are of your father, the devil, and 
the lusts of your father ye will 
do. He was a murderer from the 
beginning and abode not in the 
truth, because there is no truth in 
him." But do not cringe before 

Satan. Why? Because of Calvary, 
he is a defeated foe. The Christian 
Church is the home base for the 
battle. The Brethren Church, 
through its missions and mission- 
aries, is part of a regiment of 
God's Army which has been vic- 
torious in the battle for the past 
77 years. 

Sad, but true, we have a few 
brethren who are not aware of our 
forward march. We shall continue 
to pray for them. Based on the 
spirit of sacrifice, we shall carry 
the Gospel around the world. It is 
up to us as the leaders to per- 
petuate this heritage in fulfilling 
the Great Commission. We know 
our enemy's tactics. But thank God, 
God has not left us defenseless as 
individuals. He has provided ar- 
mour for us as followers of King 
Jesus. There is the defensive ar- 
mor: the helmet of salvation, the 
breastplate of righteousness, the 
girdle of truth, the shoes to speed 
the publishing of the Gospel of 
peace as a shield of faith. Much of 
the above is and can be done 
through our Brethren Publishing 
House and the Evangelist. Brethren 
who do not get the Evangelist, how 
can you expect to know what your 
Church does and what she needs? 

God have mercy on anyone who 
says that $4.00 is too much to pay 
for the Evangelist! I want to ask 
you a question. Give God the an- 
swer. Is it the Holy Spirit who 

anuary 5, 1963 

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ells you that $4.00 is too much 
or the Evangelisf? Or is it Satan? 
5e honest. And then buy the Evan- 
elist\ Thank you, and God will 
less you for it. 

How faithfully do you and I use 
he Sword of the Spirit, which is 
he Word of God? God's Word is 
I powerful offensive weapon, sharp- 

er than any two-edged sword. Do 
not underestimate the value of the 
time spent storing up ammunition 
for the day of battle. Do not be 
afraid to use that knowledge every 
day. The thoughts of doubt or of 
evil that come unbidden to your 
mind are merely the assaults of 
Satan's army. Throw up your shield 

and strike out with your sword. 
Remember, we must overcome the 
world or the world will overcome 
us. Beloved, what I have written, 
I have done under the leadership 
of the Holy Spirit, and out of love, 
hoping that I could do someone 
some good. 

Berlin, Pennsylvania. 


REV. JIM BLACK, Pastor, 
Akron, Ohio, Firestone Park Brethren Church 

r BELIEVE it would truly be a 
great accomplishment if our 
brethren Evangelist could be found 
n each and every home. Expensive? 
L little perhaps, but all that is 
;ood must be paid for or has been 
)aid for by others. It is on this 
ubject I wish to speak. 

As I approach the task before 
tie, I should like to borrow two 
)rief paragraphs from an editorial 
n December, Eternity. In the edi- 
orial, Mr. Joseph Bayly says, "God 
tioved holy men of old to write 
lown the Scriptures, the bedrock 
ipon which all other Christian 
yriting rests. He moved Martin 
jUther to write down the 95 Theses, 
le moved the Puritans to write 
lown doctrine. Brother Lawrence 
ind John Owen and Amy Car- 
nichael to write down devotion, 
ichaff to write down history. 

"How many voices were raised 
n 16th century pulpits against 
)apal corruptions we do not know. 
Jut we do know that it was those 
writings of Luther, nailed to the 
ihurch door and circulated 
hroughout Europe, that kindled 
he Reformation. Once written, 
deas resist being pushed into a 
;orner and forgotten." 

I am in perfect agreement with 
i^r. Bayly's further statement that 
God still moves men to write." 
["he Brethren church has been rich- 
y blessed with talented, God-fear- 
ng men, who are second to none 
n their inspiring and instructional 
vriting. I fear I cannot mention 
lames lest I forget others equally 
ledicated, but it is enough to say 
ve are blessed, and should consider 
t a God-given privilege, that such 

a periodical as the Evangelist is 
ours at a price far below that which 
we readily pay for the "popular" 
literature of today. 

I do fear, however, that much 
that is written is "lost" or "wasted" 
in the sense that it does not find 
its way into many of our homes. 
I believe this to be the most im- 
portant reason why every church 
should become active in a program 
to get the Evangelist in every 
Brethren home, (as well as in 
homes of friends and relations who 
are non-Brethren) . Now we realize 
as long as the church deals with 
"humans" we are going to face 
"human" problems. Far too few 
faithful people volunteer to sub- 
scribe for themselves and others. 
Perhaps we do not quite appreciate 
the message of the Evangelist. Is it 
not true that we recognize the value 
of an occasional evangelistic ser- 
vice? We appreciate the value of 
Sunday School literature, and I 
trust we always shall. However, the 
Evangelist reaches the "unreached" 
as well as the regular "active" 
membership who gain much in the 
way of spiritual value and inspira- 
tion; and this no one service can 
ever accomplish. 

Yes, I know how difficult it is 
to subscribe for the "inactive." But 
listen. Brethren, is it not true that 
these are the very ones needing 
the message of the EVANGELIST? 
Jesus makes us to realize the price- 
less worth of a soul when He says, 
"For what shall it profit a man, if 
he shall gain the whole world, and 
lose his own soul? Or what shall 
a man give in exchange for his 
soul?" (Mark 8:36, 37). With such 

a price on the soul of man, the 
investment made in Christian lit- 
erature is certainly a worthy one. 
I agree that many "priceless copies" 
will be filed away in "13" and for- 
gotten, but many others will serve 
as the evangelist the Evangelist is 
intended to be. 

An Illustration: This pastor 
placed the name of a friend of the 
church (non-member) on the sub- 
scription list. Later we discovered 
the friends were passing the paper 
to another and both rejoiced in its 
message. This church sends the 
Evangelist to friends of the Sunday 
School, to all servicemen in our 
church and Sunday School, and 
even, on occasion, into prison. We 
feel that it is worth it. 

How can we begin our all-out 
Evangelist effort? Perhaps by plac- 
ing the Evangelist on your church 
budget. (Lay members, ask your 
official board what program they 
plan to follow.) In Akron the 
church pays the subscriptions and 
members are urged to repay the 
cost by subscribing for themselves 
and friends. Other programs may 
be equally successful. But above all 
— realize the value of our periodical. 
Give subscriptions as gifts, to new 
converts and friends, and begin 
NOW a systematic effort to have 
the EVANGELIST in Every Home. 

Yes, God does continue to move 
men and women to write. May the 
message of the Brethren truly be 
found in every home. We cannot 
assure you of visible results in ev- 
ery home, but let's give God a 
chance to work. Is it not true that 
His Word will not return void? 
Akron, Ohio. 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 

C. Y. Gilmer 


. . . The Christ denied and scorned 
Loolced upon Peter. Oh, to render plain, 
By help of having loved a little and mourned. 
That look of sovran love and sovran pain, 
Which He, Who could not sin yet suffered, turned 
On him who could reject but not sustain. 

The Saviour looked on Peter. Ay, no word, 

No gesture of reproach; the heavens serene, 

Though heavy with armed justice, did not lean 

Their thunders that way; the forsaken Lord 

Looked only on the traitor. None record 

What that look was; none guess; for those who have 

Wronged lovers loving through a death-pang keen. 
Or pale-cheeked martyrs smiling to a sword. 
Have missed Jehovah at the judgment call. 
And Peter from the height of blasphemy — 
"I never knew this man" — did quail and fall. 
As knowing straight THAT GOD; and turned free. 
And went out speechless from the face of all. 
And filled the silence weeping bitterly. 

I think that look of Christ might seem to say: 

"Thou, Peter! art thou a common stone 

Which I at last must break My heart upon, 

For all God's charge to His high angels may 

Guard My feet better? Did I yesterday 

Wash THY feet. My Beloved, that they should run 

Quick to destroy Me 'neath the morning sun? 

And do thy kisses, like the rest, betray? 
The cock crows coldly. Go, and manifest 
A late contrition, but no bootless fear! 
For, when thy final need is dreariest, 
Thou Shalt not be denied, as I am here; 
My voice to God and angels shall attest, 
Because I KNOW this man, let him be clear. 

— Elizabeth Barrett Browning. 

WHILE CHRIST WAS LED from Gethsemane to an 
ecclesiastical trial Peter followed "afar off" (Lu. 
22:54). At the very hour that Christ was making a 
great confession (Matt. 26:63, 64) Peter was in the 
same building uttering repeated denials of his dis- 
cipleship (Lu. 22:55-62). 

When Jesus was arrested in Gethsemane and led 
back to Jerusalem all of His disciples "forsook Him, 
and fled" (Matt. 26:55, 56) . But two of the twelve soon 
rallied from the panic and followed from a distance 
their Master and His captors (Jn. 18:15). John, who 
had gone into the palace, where he was known, later 
went to the gate and brought Peter in (v. 16). John, 

thinking to do Peter a friendly act, unwittingly led 
him into temptation (Rom. 14:21; 1 Cor. 8:9). John 
had heard Peter's denial foretold (Matt. 26:31-35). 
Jesus had warned that Satan would sift Peter "as 
wheat" that very day (Lu. 22:31-34). 

Instead of accompanying John for morale Peter 
warmed himself by the enemy's fire (Mk. 16:66, 67). 
He thought by not being with John he would not be 
recognized or apprehended (Jn. 18:26). He did not 
know that he was being watched by the portress 
(Jn. 18:17). It is dangerous when a follower of Christ 
sits among His enemies without letting it be known 
who he is (Psa. 1:1). It is hke trying to hide one's 
light under a bushel (Matt. 5:15). Not to confess 
Christ is next to denying Him, to being ashamed of 
Him (Matt. 10:33; Mk. 8:38). Peter was taken com- 
pletely by surprise (1 Cor. 10:12). The more he pre- 
tended not to have been a disciple the more he en- 
snared himself (Eccles. 9:12). Then it was that the 
eyes of Jesus met the eyes of Peter (Lu. 22:61). In his 
efforts to throw off suspicion his sin exposed him 
(Num. 23:23), for he realized that Christ knew how 
basely he had denied Him (Lu. 22:62). In the look 
of Christ Peter saw himself a perjured traitor (Prov. 
20:17). But more than immeasurable disappointment 
was that look of forgiveness and unutterable love: 
he saw what kind of a Saviour he had sinned against 
(Mk. 16:7). 

Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Cari H. Phillips 

Topics copyrighted by the International Council of 
Religious Education. Used by permission. 

Lesson for January 13, 1963 


Text: Mark 1:14-20, 35-39 

AFTER HIS BAPTISM and His forty days of wil- 
derness temptation, Jesus launched out in His 
ministry in all earnestness. The initial subject of His 
preaching was the gospel of the Kingdom of God. 
In God's schedule of work it was time for Jesus to 
come into the world (Gal. 4:4) and it was now time 
for the Kingdom Gospel to be preached. The King- 
dom was headed in Christ Himself and the purpose 
was re-establishing God's rulership over the rebellious 

One aspect of the message was repentance. This was 
taught by John, Jesus, and Paul, and continues to be 
of primary importance in our day. Jesus' ministry 
was one of recruitment. Immediately He called into 
service men already engaged in the work. Jesus in- 
tended that His ministry should continue through a 
succession of generations of recruits. How very, very 
important is the Great Command (Matt. 28:18-20). 
This should be included in our prayers (Luke 10:2). 
We ourselves as Christians are hopefully entangled 

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in this work with Christ (II Cor. 6:1). We are, in fact, 
fishers of men. 

Jesus' recruitment of men was not for tlie empty 
and purposeless religion of the Pharisee and Sadducee. 
As seen in His ministry and that of His followers. 
His was a ministry of the service of man. He was show- 
ing the desire of God to help the helpless. He gave 
the hopeless clear evidence that God was one who 
did care for them and could help them. He gave living 
reality to His message. To see Him was to see God. 
To hear Him was to hear God. The people liked what 
they heard and they could not be easily satisfied 
with hearing Him once. 

How much like Christ we need to be. Living what 
we teach. We may not be gifted with powers to heal 
but each of us who has Christ can let that likeness 
be seen and considered as equal in importance with 
the message we declare. 

It is significant to notice that Jesus' ministry was 
confined to the Jews. While ever so many spiritual 
leaders of the Jews had corrupted the Old Testament 
religion, the nation still held within it the essential 
ingredient of the message. To them was given the 
promises of old. The promise of God to Abraham 
that in Him all the nations of the world would be 
blessed was now finding its richest fulfillment. 

Sunday School Suggestions 

from the National S. S. Board 

Dick Winfieid 


■ (1) Count the empty seats in your classroom next 

(2) There are plenty of children, young people, and 
adults in your community who do not attend Sunday 
School anywhere to fill every one of those seats. 

(3) With a little effort and perseverance on the pari; 
of the workers, these people could be persuaded to 

(4) Every empty seat that is filled means that one 
: more will hear salvation's plan and have the op- 
portunity to be saved and make heaven. 

(5) Every seat that remains empty speaks of a 
soul that could be reached for God, a soul that could 
be saved except for the indifference or laziness on the 
part of God's professed children. 

(6) At the judgment we will be held responsible 
for every empty seat— and for the soul of the one 
for whom that seat was intended. God help us! 

(7) Let us organize our forces and fill every empty 
seat— then make more seats and fill them— then build 
more Sunday School rooms, make more seats, and fill 
them! By thy help, O Lord, we will! 


(In connection with the above article, concerning 
reaching the unreached in our communities, per- 

haps the following facts on perseverance will give 
us reason for thought.) 

HOW OFTEN should a Sunday School teacher call 
on absentees and prospects? 

A survey made by the National Retail Dry Goods 
Association throws significant light on the problem: 
48% of the salesmen make one call and quit. 
25% of the salesmen make two calls and quit. 
88% of the salesmen quit after one, two or three 

12% of the salesmen keep on calling. 
The 12% who keep on calling do 80% of the business. 
The 88% who quit by the third call do only 20% of 

the business. 


Progress Reports 
Brethren Churches 


October 29, the Brethren began a series of meetings 
with the Reverend Clarence Stogsdill of Milledgeville, 
Illinois as the speaker. The first week was in the 
form of a Revival of the Membership which had good 
results as several accepted the challenge to rededi- 
cate their lives to the Master; others came forward 
to pray for loved ones and friends. The second week 
the messages were more on the evangelistic order 
and resulted in several first time confessions and two 
answered the call to dedicate themselves for lifetime 

Throughout the two weeks of meetings we were 
favored by special music furnished by Mrs. Martha 
Ader at the organ, Mrs. Betty Isenhart at the marimba 
and Miss Regina Thomas playing the accordion. Along 
with this we were favored by messages in song by 
various local singers; Reverend and Mrs. St. Clan- 
Benshoff, of Ashland, Ohio, playing the piano and 
organ; and Miss Becky Harman of McGaheysville, 
Virginia, a student at Ashland College playing the 
violin. I am sure that the entire program was used 
of God in the winning of souls to Him. 

On the closing Sunday the Pastor was privileged 
to baptize six people. In the evening, before the Love 
Feast, it was a real privilege to receive into the church 
ten persons who were then able to take part in the 
Love Feast for the first time. Certainly this was a 
blessing to the church and should be a challenge to 
the members to attempt greater things for the Lord. 

As the Pastor, I would like to recommend Brother 
Stogsdill to all the churches of the Brotherhood as 
a fine evangelist wtih spirit-filled messages that work 
both for the saved and for the unsaved. May God 
be with him as he continues to serve the Master. 

Wilbur L. Thomas. 

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Sometimes, to go and be alone with God and 
Christ in the fellowship of the Spirit, just for 
the joy and blessedness of it; to open, with 
reverent yet eager hands, the door into the pres- 
ence chamber of the great King; and then tc 
fall down before Him, it may be, in silent adora- 
tion; our very attitude an act of homage, oui 
merely being there, through the motive tha' 
prompts it, the testimony of our soul's love. 

To have our set hours of close communion 
with which no other friend shall interfere, anc 
on which we look back with satisfaction anc 
peace — this indeed is prayer, for its own sake 
for God's sake, for our friends' sake, for th( 
church's sake, for our work's sake; prayer whicl: 
we do not hurry through to still the conscience 
but which (other things permitting) we can ever 
linger over to satisfy the heart. 

If we Christians, who talk so much about the 
privilege and blessedness of prayer, would trj 
to avail ourselves of it as we may, how shoulc 
we reflect on the world around us the glory 
as it streams on us from the face of the in 
carnate Mediator? — Selected 


The Independent Television Authority in Lon 
don has ordered advertisers to make cigaret com 
mercials less glamorous, according to the As 
sociated Press. 

Postmaster General Reginald Bevins told Par 
liament that the Authority, a government-ap 
pointed agency, will ban the following types o 

Those that greatly overemphasize the pleasuri 
to be obtained from cigarets. 

Those featuring the conventional heroes o 
young people. 

Those appealing to pride or general manliness 

Those using a fashionable social setting ti 
support the impression that cigaret smoking i 
an essential part of the pleasure and excite 
ment of modern living. 

Those presenting romantic situations anc 
young people in love in such a way as to seen 
to link the pleasures of such situations with thi 
pleasure of smoking. 

— United Evangelical. 

John Donne, the seventeenth-century Englisl 
preacher, pointed out that the best way to thinl 
of God's love is by thinking of a circle. He said 
"A circle is endless; whom God^loves, H&-love 
to the end; and not only to their own end, t( 
their- death, but to His end." And we know tha 
God is endless. Because God is what He is 
I realize I am in the hands of a love that wil 
never let me go. 

Charles L. Allen in 
(Fleming H. Revell Company). 

January 12, 1963 

Paffe Three 


DOES YOUR Bible reading 
take too much time ? Do you 
ind it difficult to meet the goals 
)f Bible reading as suggested 
3y our church organizations or 
jy your own schedule? Many 
people set as a goal the reading 
)f the Bible completely in each 
calendar year. 

Our questions this week are 
arobably pertinent inasmuch as 
right about now, many people 
ire confronted with the fact that 
;hey made resolutions to be 
nore faithful in Bible reading 
;his year than last, and at the 
noment are finding so many 
;hings interfering with their Bi- 
3le reading. 

A recent report revealed the 
'act that a North Dakota min- 
ster has read the entire Bible 
n twenty-one months over a 
commercial radio station. He be- 
?an the reading of the Bible on 
March 13, 1961 and completed 
t on December 14, 1962. To do 
;his, he made 455 tape record- 
ngs of 13 minutes each. Prepa- 
rations of the tapes required 98 
lours of reading time. He plans 
;o repeat the series over the air. 

We are sure that there were 
nany people who found help in 
learing God's Word read over 
;he air. One thing is certain, 
isteners could go about doing 
;heir housework or other duties 
vhile the reading was going on. 
The effectiveness of the program 
"or any individual was in the de- 

gree of concentration given by 
the hearer. The minister's pur- 
pose was excellent, and the fact 
that the series is planned for 
presentation again indicates the 
acceptance of the program by 
the station's listeners. 

Other forms of the reading 
of the Bible are available, chiefly 
on long-play phonograph rec- 
ords. One woman has expressed 
the value of having the reading 
of God's Word by way of records 
as a background to her home 
life — for members of the family 
as they may have a few moments 
to listen. Such systems are good, 
and in this day of the dearth 
of Bible understanding, much 
good could be forthcoming. 

Considering once again the 
minister's reading program, it 
was stated that the verbal read- 
ing of the Bible took 98 hours. 
This was broken down into 13 
minute sections for presenta- 
tion. What would be your re- 
action to a 13-minute Bible read- 
ing program each day? What is 
your reaction to a 15-minute 
daily Bible reading, meditation 
and prayer period of your own? 
So, we are back to the original 
question — • "Does your Bible 
reading take too much time?" 

We doubt that anyone has 
ever actually timed how long it 
would take to read the Bible 
completely as most of us read 
it — silently. Some sections we 
would read more hurriedly, oth- 
ers we would read more slowly 
— a verse or two, then meditate 
upon them. It is not the amount 
vou read but the amount of spir- 


itual help you gain thereby. The 
point to remember is, that no 
Bible reading is any good un- 
less we absorb spiritual truth 
as we do it. Just to say we have 
read the Bible through each year 
for ten years, is of little value 
unless at the same time our 
knowledge of the Word has in- 
creased, and our life is better 
lived among men as a result 
of it! 

The Holy Bible is God's Word 
revealed to us by the Holy Spir- 
it. Many men have tampered 
with it; translations have been 
made which perverted the truth 
therein, but still it remains as 
a light, a guide, a convictor, for 
all who will heed its message. 

Because it is God speaking 
to us, we should never be guilty 
of saying that our program of 
Bible reading is taking too much 
time. Each of us should have 
that period of time each day in 
which we can do our own read- 
ing of the Bible. This will lead 
to a desire on our part to hear 
more of God's message for our 
hearts. We will come to an un- 
derstanding of our weaknesses 
and of how we need to rely 
more upon God for daily help. 
Then life won't be so empty and 
unrewarding for us. 

For our present and future 
welfare we are only cheating 
ourselves if we say we do not 
have time for our Bible reading. 
God's Word gives us light and 
life. Let us pray for a greater 
hunger for the spiritual food 
available to us in God's Word. 
W. S. B. 

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LiNwooD, MD. The Lin wood 
Brethren Choir furnished Christ- 
mas music for a local shopping 
center on the 20th of December. 

HAGERSTowN, MD. The Cholr from 
the South Hagerstown High School 
furnished Christmas music at the 
Hagerstown First Brethren Sun- 
day School hour on December 23rd. 

sERGEANTsviLLE, N. J. Pastor Ar- 
thur F. Collins notes that a building 
on the parsonage lot has been con- 
verted into a very fine pastor's 
study. He notes that the "build- 
ing was used at different times 
for a stable, a pig-pen, a chicken 
house, and more recently, as a 
utility shed." This represents a 
"great improvement to the Lord's 
investment" at Sergeantsville, says 
Brother Collins. 


new member was received into the 
church on December 23rd. 

viNco, PA. Three new members 
were received by baptism on De- 
cember 2nd. 

Hill church hosted the annual com- 
munity candlelight service on 
Christmas Eve. 

Elmer M. Keck writes: "Carol Eu- 
banks of the church here, was our 
guest speaker at the Sunday morn- 
ing service before Thanksgiving. 
We were glad to hear what she 
had to tell about her teaching the 
third grade and the fine work that 
is being done under the leadership 
of those at our mission at Lost 
Creek, Kentucky." 

NEW LEBANON, OHIO. Pastor Charles 

C. Bader was on the "Pastor Goes 
Visiting" program on WFCJ, De- 
cember 20th. 

BYC group visited a local nursing 
home December 23rd, presenting 
carols and gifts. 

NAPPANEE, INDIANA. A live nativity 
scene was presented out-of-doors 
by both youth groups on December 
22nd. Two presentations were made 
during the evening, all taking place 
on the church lawn. 

TUCSON, ARIZONA. Brother Vernon 

D. Grisso, having completed his 
work as pastor of the Tucson 
church, notes that his address is 
now: 3244 E. Pima, Tucson, Ari- 


Election of deacons and deacon- 
esses resulted in the calling of Mr., 
and Mrs. George Dunn, and Mr. 
and Mrs. John Dillon, to this high 

Rev. William Packham was guest 
speaker in the Papago Park church 
the evening of December 16th. 

SPECIAL. We have received a 
folder announcing the formal open- 
ing of the recently constructed Base 
Chapel, Incirlik Air Base, Adana, 
Turkey. Captain Eugene J. Beekley 
is the Base Chaplain at the Air 



Post Office Department discloses 
that its Christmas stamp was so 
popular that the printing order was 
increased to 850 million stamps- 
350 million more than originally 

In a further effort to avoid criti- 
cism that it had issued a stamp 
to commemorate a specifically re- 
ligious event, the department has 
refused to list the stamp with its 
commemorative stamps, but is list- 
ing it as a "special" 4-cent stamp 
of the ordinary regular series of 

Postmasters in several small 
towns have reported that when they 
ran out of the initial supply, pat- 
rons went to another town to buy 
stamps for their Christmas mail- 
ings. They also say big orders were 
placed by commercial firms for 
their holiday mailings. 




It was properly moved and seconded, and approved unanimously, that 
an expression of sincere appreciation be extended to our editor, Rev. Ben- 
shoff, for his many years of service, both to the Publication interests and 
to the Brethren Church at large. His untiring efforts to promote our Breth- 
ren publications, and to maintain a high quality of inspirational and doc- 
trinal literature are worthy of our commendation and praise. 

Our very best wishes are extended to Rev. Benshoff in his new field 
of Christian service. 

The Board requests that this resolution be printed in the Evangelist. 

Signed by members of the Publication Board. 

January 12, 19G3 

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General Theme for the Year: "LIVING THE LIFE" 
Theme for February — "BY SERVING OTHERS" 

Writer for February — MRS. PHIL LERSCH 
February 1st through 7th — "Through Material Sharing" 

Friday, February 1, 1963 
Read Scripture: I Corinthians 16: 

Scripture verse: Now concerning 
the collection for the saints, as I 
have given order to the churches 
of Galatia, even so do ye. I Cor- 
inthians 16:1. 

Paul was instructing the Corin- 
thian Church to give for the needs 
of the Jerusalem saints. The need 
of the Jerusalem Christians was 
the concern of all believers every- 
where in the church. 

Today many Christians are lack- 
ing in material necessities. What 
are we doing about it? When a part 
of the body of Christ suffers from 
need in Algeria, India, China, Ar- 
gentina or Russia the rest of the 
church is responsible. The hymn 
of Grace Crowell expresses this 
thought : 

Because I have been given much, 
I, too, must give; 

Because of Thy great bounty. 
Lord, Each day I live 

I shall divide my gifts from Thee 
With every brother that I see 

Who has the need of help from 

The Day's Thought 

"Because I have been sheltered, 
fed, by Thy good care, I cannot see 
another's lack and I not share." 

Saturday, February 2, 196:5 
Read Scripture: Acts 4:32-37 

Scripture verse: Neither loas 
there any among them that lacked: 
for as many as ivere possessors of 
lands or houses sold them, and 
brought the prices of the things 
that were sold, and laid them down 
at the apostles' feet: and distribu- 
tion was made unto every man 
according as he had need. Acts 
4:34, 35. 

The early church was so charged 
with the love of Christ that "no 
one used to say that any of his 
possessions was his own. . ." This is 
good stewardship. We too should 
build our lives on the principle that 
we own nothing. God is the owner. 
We are merely handlers of goods. 
Here is the way the hymn-writer 
William How expresses it. 

We give Thee but Thine own, 
Whate'er the gift may be; 

All that we have is Thine alone, 
A trust, O Lord, from Thee. 

May we Thy bounties thus As 

stewards true receive, 
And gladly, as Thou blessest us. 

To Thee our first fruits give. 

The Day's Thought 

"A Christian steward does not 

dedicate his time, his talent, his 

treasure that they may become 

God's but because they ARE God's." 

Sunday, February 3, 1963 

Read Scripture: James 2:14-17 

Scripture verse: If a brother or 
sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily 
food, and one of you says to them, 
"Go in peace, be warmed and 
filled," without giving them the 
things needed for the body, ivhat 
does it profit? James 2:15, 16. 

Profession without practice, words 
without deeds give evidence of a 
hollow Christian. We in the church 
must beware of this sin. Too often 
we have a prayer meeting for some 
need and then go home. Should 
we not ask ourselves, "How can I 
help answer that prayer?" Too of- 
ten we take it all to the Lord and 
leave it there when we should take 
His yoke upon us and help carry 
the burden of another. 

Writing our Devotional Meditations 
for the month of February is MRS. 
PHIL LERSCH, wife of the pastor 
of the Park Street Brethren Church, 
Ashland, Ohio. Jean is active in the 
musical work of our denomination, 
being chairwoman of the GenemI Con- 
ference Music Committee. She also 
presides at the organ console in Me- 
morial Chapel during conference week. 
The Lersches live at 707 Park St., 
Ashland, Ohio. 

One whom Jesus loved has truly 

The holier worship which He 

deigns to bless 
Restores the lost, and binds the 

spirit broken 
And feeds the widow and the fa- 

The Day's Thought 
"A man has no right to feel pity 
and sympathy unless he at least 
tries to put that pity and sympathy 
into action." Barclay. 

Monday, February 4, 1963 

Read Scripture: Matthew 25:31-40 
Scripture verse: Truly, I say to 
you, as you did it to one of the 
least of these my brethren, you 
did it to me. Matthew 25:40. (RSV) 
There is a story of a Christian 
man who was a Roman soldier, 
Martin of Tours. One day in the 
cold of winter he met a beggar who 
asked alms. Since Martin had no 
money he gave what he had. Notic- 
ing the beggar shivering and blue 
with cold, he removed his own 
frayed cloak and cut it in half. He 
put half of the coat on the beggar. 
That night Martin had a dream. 
His dream was of heaven. All of 
the angels were there and in their 
midst sat Jesus wearing half of 
Martin's coat. When the angels 
asked why the Master was wearing 
the old worn cloak, Jesus replied, 
"My servant Martin gave it to me." 

The Day's Thought 
"Help us to help each other. Lord, 
Each other's cross to bear; 
Let each his friendly aid afford, 
And feel his brother's care." 

Charles Wesley. 

Tuesday, February 5, 1963 

Read Scripture: I Timothy 6:17-19 

Scripture verse: Charge them 

that are rich in this world . . . that 

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they do good, that they be rich in 
good works, ready to distribute, 
willing to communicate. I Timothy 
6:17, 18. 

To have wealth is to have re- 
sponsibility. We in the United 
States who have wealth must not 
let it make us proud and look down 
on poorer nations. We must not set 
our hopes in riches for they will 
surely fade away. 

We in the United States who are 
wealthy must use what we have 
to do good. We must look for ways 
of sharing. Especially we Christians 
must remember we are a fellow- 
ship with those who are in need. 
The hymn-writer Theodore Wil- 
liams has written, 

When the harvest sheaves in- 
gathered Fill thy barns with 

To thy God and to thy brother 
Give the more. 

The Bible teaches us that when 
we give we are laying our founda- 
tion in the world to come. 

The Day's Thought 
"What I kept, I lost; what I gave, 
I have." 

Grant us the will to share in full 
Our rich abundance without 
Grant us the spirit to deny Our- 
selves to meet another's need. 
The Day's Thought 
"O give us eyes to look beyond 
our little corner of the earth." 

Thursday, February 7, 1963 
Read Scripture: II Corinthians 9: 

Scripture verse: For the admini- 
stration of this service not only 
supplieth the want of the saints, 
but is abundant also by many 
thanksgivings unto God. II Corin- 
thians 9:12. 

Giving produces many good re- 
sults: the filling of material needs; 
the thankfulness to God of others 
in receiving; the joy and satisfac- 
tion of the giver. Those of us who 

can give have the greatest reason 
for giving thanks. This is the 
thought of the hymn of Robert 
I thank Thee, Lord, for strength 

of arm to win my bread, 
And that, beyond my need, is 

meat for friend unfed: 
I thank Thee much for bread to 
live; I thank Thee more for 
bread to give. 

I thank Thee, Lord, for snug- 
thatched roof in cold and 

And that, beyond my need, is 
room for friend forlorn: 

I thank Thee much for place to 
rest, but more for shelter for 
my guest. 

The Day's Thought 

"Thy love to me I ill could spare, 
yet dearer is Thy love I share." 


Richard E. Allison 

Wednesday, February 6, 1963 

Read Scripture: I John 3:1-18 

Scripture verse: But if anyone 
has the xoorld's goods and sees his 
brother in need, yet closes his heart 
against him, hoio does God's love 
abide in him? I John 3:17. (RSV) 
Jesus said that our badge of dis- 
cipleship is love. John gave us the 
test of real love. If we have this 
world's goods (and we do) and yet 
fail to share with those in need, 
we do not have the love of Christ 
in us. We do not have our badge 
of discipleship. How can we as 
Christ's men buy more for ourselves 
when there are hungry men in 
Cuba, Korea, India, Arabia that 
we could help. 

Kenneth Morse has written in a 

Grant us the strength to serve 

mankind, To feed a hungering 

To share Thy mercy, seeking 

those Whose lips and souls cry 

out for food. 
O make us like Him who had 

naught But love for enemy and 

Who turned defeat to victory, 

And lived to triumph in the 


All books reviewed in this column may be purchased through the Breth- 
ren Publishing Company, 524 College Ave., Ashland, Ohio. 

Percy, J. O. (compiler). FACING 
Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publish- 
ing House, 1961. ($4.50, pp. 281). 
Facing the Unfinished Task is 
the published account of what 
transpired at the International For- 
eign Mission Association-sponsered 
Congress on World Missions held 
in Chicago, December 4-11, 1960. 
The book consists of five survey 
chapters followed by 36 inspira- 
tional addresses delivered by 26 dif- 
ferent speakers. 

The survey chapters deal with 
the present and future situations 
in the major mission areas of the 
world — Africa, West Asia, Europe, 
East Asia, and Latin America. A 
helpful map of each area and a 
brief graphic indication of perti- 
nent statistics relating to popula- 
tion, number of missionaries and 
number and ratio of Christians is 
included with each presentation. 
The inspirational messages were 
delivered by such outstanding peo- 

ple as Oswald Smith, Rene Pache, 
Alan Redpath, Theodore Epp, G. 
Allen Fleece, William Culbertson, 
R. Kenneth Strachen, John Wal- 
voord. Jack Wyrtzen, and several 
others including nationals from 
Japan, Guatamala, India and 
Southern Rhodesia. The range of 
subjects may be indicated by a 
glance at the chapter titles. These 
include: "The Battle for the Mind 
in Asian Universities," "The Man 
God Uses", "The Basis of Mission- 
ary Obedience", "The Cross, the 
Enemies, and the Open Doors", 
"World Missions: Total War", "The 
Ideal Missionary", "The Answer is 
at Home", "Ears to Hear", "Are We 
Winning the Battle Against Heath- 
enism?", "The Theological Basis for 
Foreign Missions", "Foreign Mis- 
sions in Relation to the Second 
Coming of Christ", "Losing Your 
Life in the Will of God". 

Pastors will here find stimulation 
to more effective preaching con- 
cerning the central task of the 

January 12, 1963 

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Christian Church — missions. Lay 
men and women will find the chal- 
lenge of these pages hard to shrug 
off. W. M. S. and other mission 
study groups could well devote not 
merely one, but a whole series of 
meetings to the study of the wide 
variety of stimulating material pre- 
sented here. 

(This Review was written by REV. 

Drown, Frank and Marie. MISSION 
York: Harpers, 1961. ($3.95). 

Authentically thrilling is this ac- 
count of pioneer missionary work. 
Anyone who believes that there are 
no frontiers awaiting to be con- 
quered has not read this book. Ad- 
venture, danger, triumph, laughter, 
tears all await the reader. 

The book begins by relating how 
God reaches out and lays His hand 
upon a young man and a young 
woman to call them to missionary 
service. The reader is exposed to 
their questioning minds and to the 
providence of God. Finally the mir- 

acle is accomplished and another 
missionary family goes to the field. 
The field in this instance is the 
jungle forests of eastern Ecuador. 
Here live the notorious, head- 
shrinking Jivaro Indians. Witch- 
craft and revenge killings are a 
part of the daily experience. It is 
thrilling to witness the Gospel of 
Christ triumph against such a 

In this book, the reader will find 
an excellent picture of pioneer mis- 
sion work. The indigenous prin- 
ciples employed are worthy of 
study. This young couple had a 
burning desire to begin a truly 
Jivaro Church. The latest methods 
were employed. The esteemed po- 
sition of missionary radio and avia- 
tion is also presented. 

For an authentic taste of pioneer 
mission work without going to the 
field, I cannot recommend this book 
too highly. The authors relate their 
own experiences in an intensely in- 
teresting manner. Once the reader 
has begun this book, he will find 
it difficult to lay it down until fin- 

(Tliis Review was written by REV. 

World Religious News 

in Review 


NEW YORK (EP) — A new book. Un- 
married Mothers, makes some ob- 
servations about America's illegiti- 
macy rate increase which should be 
of interest to pastors and church 
workers throughout the nation. 

Dr. Clark E. Vincent, of the Na- 
tional Institute of Mental Health, 
surveyed two groups of girls in 
Alameda County, Calif.: 212 unwed 
mothers, and 257 "single-never- 
pregnant" girls. 

Reporting on the book. This Week 
Magazine for November 4, 1962, 
states: "What kind of girl becomes 
an unwed mother?" 

"For generations most of us have 
had an image in our minds. We've 
thought of her as a girl from the 
slums, poorly educated, with low 
I. Q. We've also commonly pictured 
a stormy family background, a 
drunken father, a broken home." 

But the magazine goes on to 
state that "slum neighborhoods, 
broken homes, low I. Q.'s, etc., were 
no more prevalent in the back- 
grounds of the unwed mothers 
than among the SNP's." 

One group of unwed mothers, 
asked what they would have done 
if they could have taken their par- 
ents places, said they would have 
disciplined their children and em- 
phasized religion more. 

Analyzing one of the examples in 
the study. Dr. Vincent and This 
Week point to this conclusion: "A 
girl like Sue, bright, feminine and 
attractive, dating boys regularly, is 
in serious danger if she doesn't get 
any parental restraint or religious 
guidance. Accustomed to making 
her own decisions without any 
strong inhibitions, she's very likely 
to end up in the home for un- 
married mothers." 

And the article summarizes: "Of 
course illegitimacy, like any other 

kind of delinquency, doesn't hap- 
pen simply because parents make 
mistakes. Dr. Vincent is strongly 
convinced, on the basis of his Ala- 
meda study, that a major 'invisible' 
factor is the sex-permeated atmos- 
phere of our time. This is not an 
old-fashioned bluenose attitude; 
Dr. Vincent is no narrowminded 
Puritan. But today's sexy movies, 
sexy movie ads, sexy books and 
magazines all contribute to what 
becomes an overwhelming chorus 
on the theme that sex is fun. A 
girl keeps hearing that it's fun 
right up to the point where the 
community discovers she's preg- 
nant. Then suddenly she learns the 
other side of our somewhat hypo- 
critical attitude. 

"A parent can do little, perhaps, 
to protect a child against what Dr. 
Vincent and other sociologists have 
described as the 'fun morality' at- 
mosphere of today. What then, can 
parents do? They can teach moral 
standards — and enforce them. 

"In the final analysis, the great 
truth is that moral standards can- 
not be learned unless they are 



zens of Florida have filed a com- 
prehensive appeal with the U.S. 
Supreme Court to remove many re- 
ligious practices from public 

Specifically, the appeal asks the 
court to prohibit: 

1. The regular reading of verses 
from the Holy Bible in assemblies 
of classrooms; 

2. The regular recitation of the 
Lord's Prayer and other religious 
and sectarian prayers; 

3. The conducting of religious and 
sectarian baccalaureate programs: 

4. The conducting of a religious 
census among the children to as- 
certain their own religious affilia- 
tions and the religious affiliations 
of their parents; and 

5. The conducting of religious 
tests as a qualification for the em- 
ployment of teachers. 

The case was filed by Leo Pfeffer 
against the Dade County Board of 
Public Instruction, Dade County, 
Florida, on behalf of Howard 
Chamberlin, an agnostic, Edward 
Renick and Philip Stern, both Jews, 
and Mrs. Elsie Throner, a Unitar- 

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Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 

C. Y. Gilmer 


npHE TEST OF A HYMN is how well it represents the 
1 teaching of the Scriptures (Col. 3:16). Some 
one has arranged a set of Bible references for the 
following hymn: — 

Jesus, Lover of my soul (1 Jn. 4:9), 
Let me to Thy bosom fly (Jn. 13:23), 
While the nearer waters roll (Psa. 69:2), 
While the tempest still is high (Psa. 55:8) ; 
Hide me, O, my Savior, hide (Psa. 27:5), 
Till the storm of life is past (Psa. 27:4); 
Safe into the haven guide (Psa. 107:30) ; 

receive my soul at last (Acts 7:59). 

Other refuge have I none (Psa. 46:1) ; 
Hangs my helpless soul on Thee (Prov. 10:3) ; 
Leave, ah, leave me not alone (Heb. 13:5), 
Still support and comfort me (Isa. 66:12). 
All my trust on Thee is stayed (Isa. 26:3), 
All my help from Thee I bring (Isa. 41:10) ; 
Cover my defenseless head (Psa. 140:7) 
With the shadow of Thy wing (Psa. 57:1). 

Thou, O Christ, art all I want (Col. 3:2), 
More than all in Thee I find (Col. 2:9); 
Raise the fallen, cheer the faint (Psa. 145:14), 
Heal the sick, and lead the blind (Matt. 10:8) . 
Just and holy is Thy name (Acts 3:14), 

1 am all unrighteousness (Rom. 1:29); 
False and full of sin I am (1 Jn. 1:8), 
Thou art full of truth and grace (Jn. 1:14). 

Plenteous grace with Thee is found (2 Cor. 12:9) , 
Grace to cover all my sin (Rom. 5:20); 
Let the healing stream abound (Ezek. 47:9), 
Make and keep me pure within (Psa. 51:10). 
Thou of life the Fountain art (Jn. 1:4), 
Freely let me take of Thee (Rev. 22:17); 
Spring Thou up within my heart (Jn. 4:14), 
Rise to all eternity (Rev. 22:1). 

Charles Wesley, the author of the above hymn, was 
inspired to write it upon the event of a storm-tossed 
bird having sought refuge in his bosom (Psa. 32:2). 
"O Love That Will Not Let Me Go," was written by 
George Matheson when his fiancee forsook him upon 
his becoming blind (Jer. 31:3). William C. Dix, for 
weeks ill, faint and depressed, found the writing of 
his hymn, "Come Unto Me, Ye Weary," the turning 
point in his suffering (Matt. 11:28). "Just As I Am" 
is the conversional experience of Charlotte Elliott, 
who had spurned the suggestion of an elderly min- 
ister at her first appearance in society that she de- 
vote her musical talent to the Lord (Psa. 51:17). 
"My Faith Looks Up To Thee" came out of the deep 

discouragement of Ray Palmer in his fearful battle 
against illness and poverty (Isa. 45:22). "Blest Be 
the Tie That Binds" was written by Rev. Dr. John 
Fawcett when his parishioners refused to let him 
realize his larger ambitions for a career in London 
(Rom. 12:5). After hearing a clergyman state, "He 
who is almost persuaded is almost saved, but to be 
almost saved is to be entirely lost," Philip Bliss was 
impressed to write the hymn entitled "Almost Per-. 
suaded" (Acts 26:28). "Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus" 
was composed by Dr. George Duffield, Jr. upon the 
dying words of his ministerial friend, Dudley A. Tyng, 
"Let us all stand up for Jesus" (Eph. 6:14). "Come, 
Thou Fount of Every Blessing" was written by Robert 
Robinson in memory of his conversion two years be- 
fore, renewing the joy and gratitude of that expe- 
rience (1 Sam. 7:12). "It Is Well With My Soul" was 
composed by H. G. SpafEord upon the failure of his 
bank and the drowning of his wife and three daugh- 
ters at sea (2 Kgs. 4:26). 

Sunday School Suggestions 

from the National S. S. Board 
Dick Winfield 


WHEN we speak of attendance-building, we must 
examine our motives, for there must be more 
than just a desire to have more than the church 
down the street, or to make a reputation for the Pastor. 
Sunday School work is more than engaging in a "sta- 
tistical steeplechase." We must be interested in reach- 
ing, teaching, evangelizing, and developing. Briefly . 
our motives should be summarized in Eph. 4:12-13.' 
Dr. Norman Townsend gave the following five prin- 
ciples for successful attendance-building: 

Survey your community to determine the potential. 

A Religious Census will provide you with this infor- 
mation. Check the families of those already attend- 
ing your Sunday School. Probably several children 
are attending without their parents. Examine your 
building facilities and equipment. Are you ready for 

This organization will involve the establishing of 

Leadership Training Classes to train your workers. 
You will also need an adequate Record System. You 
will need to define the responsibilities of each of 
your workers. Each worker will need to know his duties. 
Each worker will have to fulfill his obligations. Team- 
work is the key to success in attendance-building. 


The Opening Assemblies must have Variety and 
Vitality. They should be graded so that worship will 

January 12, 1963 

Page Nine 

be provided for each age group. As many people as 
possible should participate. 

Your Sunday School should have a good welcome 
program. Keep all teachings and contacts on a warm 
personal basis. 


The first three things must be underway before you 
attempt this. The Sunday School and Church must 
provide a worthwhile program that will meet the in- 
dividual needs of the pupils. 

Publicize the program and message of your Church 
and Sunday School. Use attractive folders and tracts. 
Use your local newspaper. Advertise the service times 
of your Church. Let your community know that your 
Church is in business in your community. 

Promote a regular Visitation Program in your com- 
munity! This is the only "sure-fire" method to build 
attendance. This method will work when all others 
fail. This was the method used by Jesus and the Apos- 
tolic Church. Your attendance will increase in pro- 
portion to the number of visits made. 


Set up a Total Church Program of Christian Edu- 
cation in your church. Your Christian Education 
Program must include more than Sunday School. You 
must provide to meet the needs of each person. 

Keep up with the absentees and delinquents. Use 
cards, letters, telephone calls, and personal visitation 
to keep up with the absentees. 

This type of attendance-building will have lasting 
effects. This type of attendance-building will insure 
a continuous growth in your Church and Sunday 
School. It takes a little more work, but the dividends 
are worth it. 

(adapted from General Baptist bulletin.) 

Progress Reports 
Brethren Churches 


Several articles have appeared at various times in 
the Evangelist entitled, "What is Your W. M. S. Doing?" 
The College Corner Church would like to tell you 
something about what we have been doing the past 
few months as an entire group of church organiza- 
tions. If being busy is an indication of progress in 
the Master's work, we feel we will be reaping good 
results of all these activities for many months to come. 

In June we had a well-attended Bible School for 
two weeks with an average attendance of 79. There 
were also 10 babies and 20 teachers. Our pastor felt 
the results with the children were good and that good 
results with the children and their parents were yet 
to be in evidence. 

In October, a two-week Evangelistic campaign was 
held. Rev. Grumbling, our pastor, conducted the first 

week of the meeting and the attendance and interest 
was good. The second week began with our annual 
homecoming service on Sunday, October 14th. Chap- 
lain Louis R. King, from the Bridewell Prison and Cook 
County Jail in Chicago, came for morning, afternoon, 
and evening services on that day and to be with us 
all the following week. 

Eight people came forward and publicly accepted 
Christ as their personal Lord and Savior during the 
revival meetings. Many others came forward to pub- 
licly rededicate their lives to Christ. A baptismal ser- 
vice is being planned in the near future. The average 
attendance for the second week was 220. On two eve- 
nings all available seating space was used to And 
places for over 300 people who came to hear Chaplain 
King. We feel that the results of the messages hs 
brought us will have far-lasting effects for better 
Christian living in our rural community. 

At the October business m.eeting, Mr. and Mrs. 
Fredrick Snyder were called to serve as deacon and 

The W. M. S. had Mrs. Roxie Stahl, of the Hunting- 
ton Brethren Church, as their guest speaker for 
the Public Service program held recently. She brought 
us a very inspiring and challenging message. We truly 
enjoyed having her. The District W. M. S. rally was 
held at the church on October Uth. We were to 
have Mrs. Milton Bowman as guest speaker but due 
to illness she could not be with us. She did send a 
very able substitute, Rev. Milton Bowman, who gave 
us a talk on their trip to the Holy Land. We found 
it very interesting and enlightening en present world 
conditions and about places we read of in studies of 
the Holy Land. 

The Laymen very recently were hosts to the men 
of the Southern District for the November meeting. 
Rev. Milton Bowman came as a guest speaker for this 
meeting and this time showed slides as he told of 
their very interesting visit to the Holy Land. The 
ladies of the church served supper to the men. 

We have one more group meeting coming up before 
another year is past. We have each year a fellowship 
get-together when we have a combined Thanksgiving 
and Christmas supper. The committee in charge is 
hard at work on this particular event. 

Several teachers and others interested are attend- 
ing a 12-week teacher training course on Teaching 
Techniques at the Peru Brethren Church. 

We have prayer meeting and Bible study for both 
adults and Brethren Youth Crusaders each Wed- 
nesday evening in the church basement. The adults 
are studying the Book of Revelation. 

There are many other things we might tell about. 
We have been busy, but we believe a busy church is 
a growing church, if we are busy for the Lord. We 
are growing as evidenced by the number of young 
people getting interested in our church program and 
the additional number of children coming for Sun- 
day School and Church services. Our yearly average 
attendance has been increasing each year for some 

With 1962 fast coming to a close, we look forward 
to 1963, to a year of work and loving service in the 
Master's name. 

Mrs. Herman Hood, Secretary. 

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The Brethren Evangelist 


THE FIRST Brethren Church of 
Derby, Kansas was organized 
on October 26, 1962. Rev. Kenneth 
Howard, District Evangelist, con- 
ducted the organizational meet- 
ing upon the authority of the 
Mid-West District Conference. 

Derby is a rapidly-growing com- 
munity between Wichita and Mul- 
vane, and offers a good oppor- 
tunity for the establishment of 
a new Brethren Church. It has a 
population of 6,700. 

Representatives of approximately 
fifteen families, formerly members 
of the Mulvane Brethren Church, 
took the initiative in forming the 
new congregation. Currently there 
are fifty-three people who are par- 
ticipating in the regular meetings. 
Attendance for Sunday School and 
Worship has been averaging about 
forty-five. Mid-week Services are 
attended regularly by twenty-five 
to thirty people. 

The neiD parsonage 
and future church 
site at Derby, Kan- 

Since late August, services have 
been conducted, first, in the homes 
of members of the group, and later 
in Swaney Elementary School in 

Arrangements were completed 
around January 1, 1963 for the 
purchase of a small plot of ground 


I Promise to assist in the building of new Brethren 
giving $10.00 or more for each new church project. It 
standing that I will be called upon for this contributi 
than twice in any one year. I further understand that 
able to contribute when called, I will be relieved of m 


churches by 
s my under- 
on not more 
if I am un- 
y obligation. 



including a parsonage. The total 
purchase price was $21,250.00. Ar- 
rangements for financing the pur- 
chase were made through a local 
bank. Plans are being made to 
secure more land in order to have 
adequate building space in the fu- 

The parsonage will be used as 
the meeting place for services until 
the first unit of the church build- 
ing is erected. Additional chairs, 
song books and other equipment 
are being purchased. A piano was 
donated to the church recently. 

Mr. Paul Winter is acting in the 
capacity of lay-preacher. Mr. 
Dwight Bishard was the class 
leader during the formation of the 
group. Mr. George Grieve is the 
Moderator and Mrs. Olen Davis is 
the Secretary. 

The address of the parsonage is 
730 N. Woodlawn, Derby, Kansas. 

A request from the Mid-West 
District and the Derby group for 
Ten Dollar Club help resulted in 
the current call, January 1963 to 
July 1963, going out for this new 

January 12, 19G3 

Page Eleven 


Groundbreaking ceremonies 
were held on Sunday morning, De- 
cember 23, at the First Brethren 
Church in Sarasota, Florida, for 
the new $25,000 educational build- 
ing which will be erected adjacent 
to the church. 

Pastor J. D. Hamel led the ser- 
vice. Among others who partici- 
pated in the service were Reverend 
Fred C. Vanator and Reverend Ora 
Lemert, co-founders of the church. 

We congratulate the pastor and 
the congregation for taking this 
forward step. 

The new Junior Brethren Youth 
Crusaders group gives evidence of 
growth in the Sarasota Brethren 

Front Row (1 to r) 
President — John Buchanan 
Vice Pres. — Danny Teat 
Secretary — Joan Ruth Hamel 
Treasurer — Gary Black 

Second Row (right) 

Sponsors — Mr. and Mrs. LaVerne 

(Mrs. Ernestine Brau- 
ner not shown in pho- 

Back Row (1 to r) 
Reverend Kenneth Solomon 
Reverend George Solomon 
Reverend and Mrs. J. D. Hamel 


REV. AND MRS. CHARLES KRAFT have submitted to the 
Missionary Board of the Brethren Church their resignation as 
missionaries. The Krafts, however, plan to remain in mission 
work to which they feel called. A detailed explanation of their work 
will be given later. 

Spiritual Meditations 

Dyoll Belote 


"This do in remembrance of me." Luke 22:19. 

YOU HAVE HEARD the expression of "An apple for 
the teacher", and possibly have seen the picture 
of a lad surreptitiously placing an apple on the teach- 
er's desk as a token of regard for her. Well, our story 
on this occasion bears some of the "ear marks" of 
such a tale, yet is slightly different. 

In a certain room in a great school in the city, 

' the pupils had gathered at the teacher's desk on 

the day before Christmas to bestow their gifts on their 

beloved "techer". They presented their gifts and the 

"techer" showed due appreciation for each gift. After 

^ the pupils had all left, as it seemed, one little girl 

came timidly back into the room. Going to her desk, 
she took a stuffed toy from the desk and handed it 
to the teacher. Offering it to the teacher, she said, 
"It's for you, I couldn't buy you anything." The teach- 
er sensed that it was probably the child's most cher- 
ished possession, and she hesitated to accept it, but 
did so. 

The poet has told us that "the gift without the 
giver is bare", and so the teacher sensed that this 
little child had given the most of all her pupils. And 
for years after that, at Chi-istmas time, that teacher 
set the stuffed toy on her mantle in remembrance 
of the little girl who had given so much. 

At Easter time our thoughts go back to Jesus and 
His disciples in that upper room. He knew that the 
hour of leaving them was fast approaching, and He 
wanted to give them something in remembrance. So 
He handed them the bread and the cup, and said 
to them, "This bread is my body broken for you, this 
cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed 
for you." "As oft as ye eat this bread and drink this 
cup, ye do show the Lord's death 'till He come." Match- 
less gift; glorious and precious reminder. 

PaRe Twelve 

The Brethren Evangelist 



JANUARY 17-20. 1963 

Theme: "Abundant Living" 
Text: "John I0:!0" 




Thursday, January 17 
Opening of Conference 

Devotions and Welcome . . . .Ralph Kullman, 
Moderator, Lathrop church 
Response of Delegates 
Business Session 

Report of Credentials Committee 
Reading of Conference Board Minutes 
Progress Reports of the Local Churches 

Lathrop Tesibel Frey 

Manteca Estelle Huse 

Stockton Steven Hill 

General Brotherhood Reports 

Ashland College Rev. Virgil Meyer 

National Brethren Youth 

Rev. Marlin McCann 
Central Planning & Co-ordinating Com- 
mittee Mr. John Porte 

Missionary Board of the Brethren Church 
Rev. Clayton Berkshire 
Sunday School Board . . . .Rev. Cecil Johnson 

Prayer Meeting Rev. Robert Madoski, 

Pastor, Lathrop church 

7:15 Song Service 

Devotions Mrs. Veda Parr, Mantcea 

7:30 Business Session 

Report of Credentials Committee 

Substitution of Alternates 

Election of Conference Board of Directors 

Election to Mission Board 

Election to Berean Trustees Board 

Election to Scholarship Board 

Nomination for Ashland College Trustee 

Election of Ministerial Examining Board 

Election of Member to General Conference 

Executive Committee 
Election of District Delegate to General Con- 

8:30 Moderator's Address . . . .Rev. Alvin Grumbling 
"A Glorious Venture" 

Friday, January 18 
2:00 District Women's Missionary Society 
3:00 District Ministerial Association 
4:00 Laymen Presentation 
5:30 Supper 
7 : 15 Prayer Meeting Rev. Robert Madoski 

January 12, 1963 

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7:30 Song Service 

Devotions Mrs. Versie Loveday, Stockton 

8 : 00 Message John Porte 

8:45 Fellowship Hour Tesibel Frey 

Saturday, January 19 

Song Service 

Devotions Mac Freeman, Lathrop 

Business Session 

Report of Credentials Committee 

Substitution of Alternates 

Reading of Thursday's Minutes 

Report of Conference Treasurer 

Report of District Mission Board 

Other Business 

Message Rev. Marlin McCann 


Song Service 

Devotions Mrs. Linnie Crom, Manteca 

2:15 Business Session 

Report of Credentials Committee 

Substitution of Alternates 

Reading of Saturday Morning's Minutes 

Statistician's Report 

Report of Resolutions Committee 

Invitation for 1964 District Conference 

Unfinished Business 

Adjournment of Business Session 
3:30 Brethren Berean Band Business Session 

Kenneth Lawrence, President 
5:30 Supper 

7:15 Prayer Meeting Rev. Robert Madoski 

7:30 Song Service 

Devotions Vivian Goodin, Stockton 

8:00 Message Rev. Virgil Meyer 

8 : 45 Singspiration 

Sunday, January 20 
9:45 Sunday School in Local Churches 
11:00 Worship Services in Local Churches 
Messages by: 

John Porte Lathrop 

Rev. Virgil Meyer Manteca 

Rev. Clayton Berkshire Stockton 

112:30 Potluck Dinner 
2:30 Brethren Berean Band Inspirational Program 
5:30 Supper 

6:15 Prayer Meeting Rev. Robert Madoski 

6:30 Brethren Youth Crusaders 

Local Youth in Charge 
7:30 Song Service 

Devotions Mrs. Bernadine Madoski, Lathrop 

Installation of New Conference Board of Di- 

8:00 Message Rev. Clayton Berkshire 

Closing of Conference 


Moderator Rev. Alvin Grumbling 

Vice Moderator Wesley Steyer 

Secretary Rev. H. William Fells 

Treasurer Glennie Cox 

Statistician Hazel Crom 

Harlin Lawrence, Ralph Kullman, Eddie Freeman, 
Julion Hallett. 

Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Carl H. Phillips 

Topics copyrighted by the International Council of 
Religious Education. Used by permission. 

Lesson for January 20, 1963 


Text: Mark 2:3-7, 15-17; 3:1-6 

THE PURPOSE Of religion should be for the well- 
being of man. In giving the Bible to us God was 
showing how we can best be helped. God wants to 
help us and He alone has wisdom enough to show 
us exactly what is best. In Christ, God made His great- 
est effort to help (Matt. 20:28). Faith is not meant 
to be one thing and our everyday life something else. 
Christ died to help us spiritually and physically (Is. 
53:4, 5). From the day of Mark to the present there 
have been people resisting the work of Christ be- 
cause they lacked knowledge of Him and His gospel 
or they knowingly rejected Him. 
Objection to Christ's Forgiving Sin: 

Certain Jewish leaders objected to Christ's forgiv- 
ing sin. This objection was due largely to the fact 
that they would not accept Jesus as the Messiah. 
For many, the reason was pure selfishness (John 
12:43) and a few may not have been able to inter- 
pret the signs they saw, although this is doubtful 
(Matt. 16:1-4). Sin is not a glory to God, neither is 
disease. Christ forgave the palsied man (Mark 2:1-7) 
his sin and effected healing grace. Sin and disease 
are not gifts of God but are of man and Satan. Here 
was an unquestionable sign that Christ was with 
God, for God, and indeed was God. As the scribes 
themselves said, "Who can forgive sins but God only?" 
Objections to Christ's Brand of Holiness: 

There is a tendency on the part of some of us to 
think that unless another professing Christian thinks 
and acts exactly as we do that he isn't as good a 
Christian as he ought to be. The Pharisees went to 
extremes in this respect. They measured people by 
mere externalities and entirely overlooked love, mercy, 
justice, etc. (Matt. 23) and assumed an extreme, 
egotistical, separated existence. Jesus looked at people 
as being in the grip of sin and needing salvation. 

Jesus taught that the Sabbath was made for man 
and not man for the Sabbath. Sabbath means rest. 
The eternal rest is prefigured in the sabbath rest 
(Heb. 4:1-11). The Pharisees viewed the sabbath as 
a day to be served and not a day that served. Jesus 
objected, not to resting on the sabbath, but to peo- 
ple who regarded the sabbath as being of such a nature 
that they would do spiritual, mental and physical 
harm to themselves and each other rather than lift 
a hand to help themselves. The Pharisees showed more 
mercy to animals than to man on this day (Matt. 
12:10-12). Sin and disease, loneliness and hunger 
do not honor God and are not from the hand of 
God. To find relief from these on the sabbath is rest 

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The Brethren Evangelist 




Topic for February 

A Heritage for Living — 


As WE STUDY the lives of great 
Christian women who have 
left for us a heritage for living, 
it is altogether fitting that we 
consider the life of Katharine Lu- 
ther. Although very little is writ- 
ten of this courageous woman, she 
emerges from the shadows as a 
wonderful example, especially for 
ministers' wives, as she and her 
husband established the first Prot- 
estant parsonage. 

Katharine von Bora spent most 
of her young life in a convent. 
Her mother had died when she 
was about five and later when her 
father remarried, Katharine and 
her step-mother did not get along. 
At the age of nine Katharine was 
sent to the Nimbschen convent be- 
cause her father's sister, Magda- 
lene, was a nun there, and another 
aunt was the abbess of the convent. 

As she grew up in the convent 
Katharine was an obedient nun 
but she soon learned that some 
power-grasping people of the 
church were bringing dishonor and 
corruption to the Church and she 
longed for freedom. Other nuns, 
she soon learned, felt the same 
way and when they heard of the 
monk, Martin Luther, and his at- 
tempts to free the church of its 
wickedness, they saw a ray of hope. 
Dr. Luther had helped other nuns 
and monks to escape and perhaps 
he would help them. A letter was 
sent asking for his assistance and 
after a seemingly endless delay an 
answer arrived. On a memorable 
night, the eve of Easter, Katharine 

and 11 other nuns, including her 
aunt Magdalene, escaped from the 
convent in a merchant's wagon 
filled with herring barrels. 

When the nuns arrived in Wit- 
tenberg they found that Dr. Luther 
had clothing and a little money 
for them. He had found husbands 
for seven of the nuns and Magda- 
lene was sent to live with a couple 
in another town. Katharine re- 
mained in Wittenberg where she 
worked for and lived with Profes- 
sor Philip Keichenbach and his 
wife. For the first time in her 
life, Katharine felt at peace with 
God and was ready to let Him take 
complete charge of her life. 

Katharine was extremely happy 
with her new life. Dr. Luther rec- 
ognized she was an unusual young 
woman and immediately set about 
finding a suitable husband for her. 
Katharine had no desire to marry 
and wished to remain with the 
Reichenbachs. She and the other 
young people of Wittenberg formed 
a Latin class, studied together and 
often gave plays. This fellowship 
usually took place at the home 
of Philip Melanchthon. It was at 
this home that Katharine first met 
Jerome Baumgaertner, the son of 
a wealthy family in Nuernberg. He 
was a handsome young man and 
Katharine liked him immediately. 
Dr. Luther recognized in this 
friendship a solution to his prob- 
lem and he encouraged the match. 
Jerome courted Katharine and after 
a few months asked her to marry 
him. However, his wealthy father 

had other plans for him. When Je- 
rome went home to tell his father 
of his forthcoming marriage, the 
father arranged a more "suitable" 
marriage for him and Katharine 
lost her first love. 

Once again Martin Luther began 
a search for a proper husband for 
the little runaway nun. About a 
year later he felt Pastor Caspar 
Glatz would make her a fine hus- 
band but Katharine declined the 
good pastor's proposal because she 
did not love him. Several persons 
mentioned to Dr. Luther that Kath- 
arine would make him a good wife 
but he ignored the suggestions say- 
ing that he had no intentions of 
marrying and besides, Katharine 
was a proud and haughty woman. 

In 1525 following the Peasants' 
War Dr. Luther began to have a 
change of heart. He no longer ig- 
nored the suggestions that he 
should marry. Finally he went to 
Katharine and told her that God 
had put it into his heart to take a 
wife to set an example for others 
and that He had directed him to 
her. She was awed at the prospects 
of becoming the wife of the great 
Dr. Luther but she consented. The 
next evening following the proposal, 
June 13, 1525, the marriage took 
place. Katharine was proud to be 
Mrs. Martin Luther but beneath the 
pride was the desire for love she 
had dreamed of receiving from her 
husband. Katharine was twenty-six 
and her husband was forty- two at 
the time of their marriage. Two 
weeks later the Luthers had a pub- 

January 12, 1963 

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lie wedding ceremony and Martin's 
aged parents were able to attend. 

Katharine soon found that life 
at the parsonage was not without 
its troubles. The Luthers were not 
blessed with much in the way of 
worldly goods and Katharine often 
found it difficult to make ends 
meet. Many times during the day 
• Katharine would answer a knock at 
the door to be confronted by beg- 
gars, runaway monks, and poor 
students, all in need of money, 
clothing or food. Dr. Luther never 
turned anyone away but shared 
the family's meager supplies with 
them. At times it was necessary 
to pawn family treasures to raise 
enough money to feed those who 
-surrounded the Luther's table. 

One of Katharine's greatest con- 
cerns was the health of her hus- 
band. While he was a monk, Dr. 
: Luther had abused his body and 
I afterwards he worked so hard that 
he drove himself to the point of 
exhaustion. Several times Katha- 
rine despaired of his life and it 
was only through the strength 
•given to her by the Lord that she 
.■was able to go on in such times. 
Katharine knew great happiness 
i when little Hans was born. Follow- 
: ing a severe plague she gave birth 
1 to a little daughter, Elizabeth. How- 
^ever, she died a few months later 
land Katharine grieved for her 
; daughter for many months. On 
J May 4, 1530, another daughter, 
5 Magdalene, was born and happiness 
a again returned to the parsonage. 
E Sometime later Katharine gave 
t birth to her second son. He was 
I named Martin and his father pre- 
dicted that he would become a min- 
ister of religion. Katharine bore 
another son, Paul, on January 28, 
1533, and on December 17, 1534, she 
gave birth to another daughter who 
was named Margaret. 

Much to Katharine's delight her 
husband purchased the von Bora 
home at Zulsdorf. This became a 
retreat for the Luthers and happy 
days were spent there whenever 
Dr. Luther could spare some time 
from his many duties. Katharine 
looked forward to the years when 

they could retire to this home and 
enjoy each other's company. How- 
ever, this dream was never to be 
realized. She had always disliked 
Wittenberg because it seemed so 
dirty but because it was their home 
she tried to make the best of it. 

Sadness again entered the home 
in 1542. Katharine had often felt 
apprehension over the health of 
her eldest daughter, Magdalene. 
One day when the girl was twelve 
years of age she complained of 
feeling ill. Although the doctor and 
the family did all in their power 
to restore her to health little Lena 
went home to be with her heavenly 
Father. Again, only her faith in 
God and His love, sustained Kath- 
arine through those trying times. 

When Hans was sixteen years old 
he told his parents he wanted to 
attend the University. He had been 
an unruly child but with strict 
discipline he had grown into a 
fine young man. His greatest de- 
sire was to become a lawyer and 
his parents were determined that 
he should have the education he 

Life went on as usual in the par- 
sonage but Katharine dreamed 
more and more of the time when 
she and her husband could retire to 
Zulsdorf. They had been married 
twenty-one years and she realized 
Dr. Luther was aging and she 
wished to comfort him in his old 
age. Each time he had to make a 
trip Katharine feared for his life. 
She knew many people hated him 
but he always encouraged her by 
telling her that the Lord would 
always watch over them. 

Near the end of January, 1546, 
Luther and the boys made a trip 
to Eisleben. Early in February 
Katharine received a letter from 
him informing her he would soon 
be home. She looked forward to 
this homecoming with great an- 
ticipation but a few days before 
he was to arrive Pastor Bugenhagen 
paid her a visit. Sadly he informed 
Katharine that Dr. Luther had died 
in Eisleben on February 18 and 
that his body was being brought 
home. On February 22, 1546, Lu- 

ther's body was brought into Wit- 
tenberg. Throngs crowded the 
streets following the procession to 
the Castle Church. There this great 
reformer was laid to rest at the 
foot of the pulpit. 

Life in the Lutheran parsonage 
continued but with a great differ- 
ence. Katharine and the children 
did their best to comfort one 
another and to keep things going. 
They were sadly in debt and many 
of their former friends turned 
against them. Although times were 
hard the boys continued to pur- 
sue their desired vocations. Hans 
knew nothing would prevent him 
from being a lawyer; Paul in- 
tended to become the greatest 
physician in Germany and Martin 
prepared to be the minister his 
father had predicted he would be- 
come. Margaret, alone, was left to 
help her mother. In these troubled 
times Katharine received money 
from the King of Denmark and 
with it she was able to restore 
the parsonage which had been 
severely damaged during a revolt. 
Finally Katharine decided it was 
necessary to sell the parsonage and 
move to her beloved Zulsdorf. How- 
ever, she became ill and was unable 
to make the trip until after a 
lengthy rest. 

Once again the plague hit the 
city and terror reigned in Witten- 
berg. As she had done many years 
before, Katharine remained in the 
city taking care of the sick, bury- 
ing the dead, and comforting the 
sorrowing. As soon as the plague 
was gone the Luthers made hasty 
preparations and started toward 
Zulsdorf. On the way Katharine 
was thrown from the carriage and 
became quite ill. She was taken 
to the home of a friend in Torgau 
where she was cared for by her 
children. She was in pain and the 
fever weakened her. It was near 
Christmas when Katharine went 
home to be with the Lord she 
had served so well. Martin Luther's 
words comforted her grieving chil- 
dren as they had comforted Kath- 
arine so many times during her 
life, "God will take care of you. 
He is everywhere with you." 

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Mission Impressions 


Miss Margaret E. Lowery 

GOD HAS A MESSAGE of urgent 
importance for mankind. He 
is searctiing for persons to wliom 
He can speak and wiiom He can 
call to be His spokesmen. I feel 
I must listen to His voice and obey 
His commands. 

There was a divine urgency in 
the ministry of Jesus. He felt the 
urgency of God's purpose, of man's 
need, of eternal issues. That same 
urgency still confronts us today: 
it is, the urgency of the Kingdom 
of God. As a disciple of Christ's 
and a member of His kingdom I 
must give my wholehearted alle- 
giance and loyalty to the work of 
the Kingdom of God. I feel that 
the call of Christ rings out im- 
perious urgency to me: "Come ye 
after me, and I will make you to 
become fishers of men." I have a 
trust. I ought not to ignore it; 
I ought not to betray it. I know 
I can fulfill the purpose of God 
by dedicating myself and all my 
resources in my command to make 
known the good news about Jesus 
Christ and the righteousness and 
peace and joy of the Kingdom 
of God. 

There are tasks waiting every- 
where for willing hands, wise minds, 
dedicated disciples. Countless num- 
bers need physical help and care, 
need instruction and enlighten- 
ment, need sympathy and assur- 
ance, need spiritual salvation and 
moral direction. I feel I must help 
to translate these tasks into holy 
undertakings. Christ needs me to 
be the instrument through which 
His grace and compassion and 
righteousness can reach and bless 


Every significant task is a chal- 
lenge to hard work and skillful 
effort. Strength is not in numbers. 
God plus one makes a majority. 
Pride in numbers, glorying in size, 
trusting in prestige and power are 
not true standards of achievement 
in the service of Christ. Worthy 
achievement demands adventure 
and courage to endure hardships, 
to face criticism, and to persevete 
until the goal is reached. 

A mission of service calls for 
faith and courage. I must trust 
God for the supply of unexpected 
needs and for His care in times of 
peril or unusual stress. If opposi- 
tion comes I must face it without 
fear. I must take courage and face 
the world's indifference and Satan's 
hindrances. I have assurance that 
I can fulfill my mission if I am 
willing to pay the price in self- 
sacriflce and will look steadfastly 
to Christ for help. I must possess 
the secret of Christ's courage to 
combat the forces that constantly 
seek to undermine the work of the 
Kingdom of God. 

There are more troubled hearts 
than we know — hearts stinging 
with guilt and sin, hearts pierced 
by disappointment and grief, hearts 
aching with loneliness and fear. 
They cry for peace and security. 
Life is filled with stormy expe- 
riences. Sometimes I can hardly 
see through the maze. It would be 
easy to give up, to "flee out of the 
ship." I must have faith in God 
and talk to Him and hear His 
steadying voice. He will show me 

the way through — in fact. He will 
lead me through. My prayer must 
be: O Lord, when I am persecuted 
for righteousness' sake, may I not 
waver in my faith but remember 
Thy sufferings and rejoice that I 
am counted worthy to suffer in 
Thy name. May I not be afraid, 
but know victory through Christ. 

The folks here sing a song that 
has become quite precious to me. 
It expresses my sentiments con- 
cerning the work I am attempting 
to do; it is called "A Beautiful 

Each day I'll do a golden deed, 
By helping those who are in need; 
My life on earth is but a span, 
And so I'll do the best I can. 

To be a child of God each day, 
My light must shine along the way; 
I'll sing His praise while ages roll. 
And strive to help some troubled 

I'll help someone in time of need, 
And journey on with rapid speed; 
I'll help the sick and poor and weak, 
And words of kindness to them 

While going down life's weary road, 
I'll try to lift some traveler's load; 
I'll try to turn the night to day, 
Make flowers bloom along the way. 

The real challenge to me comes 
from this chorus: 

"Take up thy cross and follow me," 
I hear the blessed Savior call; 
How can I make a lesser sacrifice. 
When Jesus gave His all. 

Jimuary n, 1963 

Pagfe Scventem 


Bible Study for February 


Mrs. Carl Barber 

EACH OF US W.M. S. women 
uses knowledge every day of 
our lives — it takes knowledge to 
clothe and feed our families prop- 
erly, to keep our homes clean, to 
hold responsible positions in an 
office or store, to teach school, or 
to nurse a sick child. Nowadays it 
seems to even take a special knowl- 
edge to know which detergent or 
which toothpaste or which scour- 
ing powder to use! 

As Christian women though, we 
have a special knowledge — a knowl- 
edge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
Peter talks about this in II Peter 
3:18 when he tells us to "grow in 
the knowledge of our Lord and 
Savior Jesus Christ." This knowl- 
edge is eternal and everlasting. This 
is much more important knowledge 
than which soap gets your clothes 
whiter on washdays; it's much more 
important knowledge than knowing 
which fork to use at a dinner party; 
it's more important than a knowl- 
edge of Russian or nuclear physics. 
A knowledge of Jesus Christ is 
more important to your children 
than knowing how to solve an al- 
gebra equation or how to play the 
piano or how to hold a good job. 
This knowledge of God and His 
Son Jesus Christ is important be- 
cause it is the only eternal, only 
everlasting knowledge that we can 
have while we live on this earth. 

How can we grow in the knowl- 
edge of Jesus Christ? Through your 
W. M. S. meetings and your daily 
devotions and your Bible study 
groups, through the preaching and 
teaching you receive you should 
be inspired and challenged and in- 
structed in how to grow in the 
knowledge of Jesus. BUT — do we 

really grow? Have you grown? Are 
you willing to grow in knowledge 
of your Lord??? Does anyone else 
know that you've grown in this 
knowledge of Christ? How are you 
expressing your growth? Does your 
life — your LIVING — express the 
faith you have and the knowledge 
you've learned? 

Christian missionaries in Turkey 
often feel frustrated because the 
government forbids any religion to 
be taught or publicized or even 
talked about other than Moham- 
medanism. A Christian missionary 
cannot read from his Bible to his 
Turkish friends uninvited. He can- 
not ask his friends to visit his 
worship service. He cannot tell 
them in everyday conversation 
what Jesus Christ means to him. 
All he can do is LIVE his faith 
and knowledge of his Lord. Yet 
the Christian church in Turkey is 
growing; converts are being won 
to Christ; all because Christians 
there are LIVING their faith and 
knowledge. Their LIVES are a tes- 
timony that they live, not for them- 
selves, but for their Lord. The 
world around them can actually 
see the difference Christ can make 
in a person. Friends seeing these 
Christians can actually see Christ 
LIVING in them. Can your friends 
see Christ living in you? If not, 
then you are not actually LIVING 
a life of knowledge of Jesus Christ. 

Over and over in her book Wo- 
man To Woman, Genie Price re- 
minds us that Jesus lives inside us 
— inside you and me. He lives in- 
side us and He can live through 
us— it we let Him. Only if Jesus 
is a personal friend of ours can 

we show and share this knowl- 
edge of Him with anyone else. 

Sometimes we Christian women 
act and live as we think we ought 
to live, instead of being guided by 
the indwelling Christ. We do a lot 
for Christ and even know a lot 
about Him but we don't happen 
to be very personally acquainted 
with Him. It's a little like most 
of us and the President — we'll help 
him if we possibly can, we know 
a lot about him, — ^but we don't 
actually know him as a personal 

Now the best way to get to know 
a person is to talk to him, and 
I would suggest that if you want 
to become better acquainted with 
the Lord Jesus that you spend 
more time talking with Him. Spend 
some time in quiet prayer and 
thankfulness and praise every day. 
Be sure to spend time listening to 
Him too — sometimes we don't know 
the Lord very well because when 
we pray we — you and I — do all 
the talking and we never give Him 
a chance to get a word in edge- 
wise. Read His Word — this is 
another way God talks to us. We 
can only LIVE a Christ-like life, 
can only LIVE the knowledge we 
have of Him, if He really is our 
life, if we truly know Him. 

This is the basic fact in LIVING 
the life of knowledge. If you really 
want to live a life of knowledge 
about Him you must make sure 
that Christ actually is your life. 
Christ and Christ alone must be in 
the very center of your life. No 
substitute will do. Work we do for 
Him — teaching a Sunday School 
class or working in W. M. S. — must 

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not be at the center of our lives. 
Learning about Him — going to wor- 
ship or even Bible study — must 
not be the center of our lives. 
Raising the family He has entrusted 
to your care — even this cannot be 
the center of our lives. Only Jesus 
Christ is the Way, the Truth, the 
Life, the Rock, the Light — our ALL 
IN ALL. We can only live and 
show to others what we personally 
know about HIM. 

Paul tells us in Galatians 5:25, 
"If we live in the Spirit let us 
also walk in the Spirit." If Christ 
is in us then let's prove it by the 
way we live! 

In John 13:35 Jesus says, "By 
this shall all men know that ye are 
my disciples, if ye have love one 
to another." So — this is how we 
live the life of knowledge of Je- 
sus Christ! In our daily walk — 
our daily living — we show love! 

Sounds easy doesn't it?? It al- 
most sounds as if we have a recipe 
for showing others Christ in us! 
But it's not easy. Living this life 
requires that we stay close to Him 
all the time. It means self-dis- 
cipline and denying and taking up 
the cross. In ourselves we could 
never find the strength to show 
love all the time. But God is love 
and His Son denied Himself and 

took up the Cross. As we yield 
ourselves to Him, and let Christ 
live through us, then our lives show 
forth His love. Our love is small 
and weak; His love is strong and 
mighty and covers the whole world. 
We must let His love show in our 
lives if others are to know that we 
have a knowledge of Him. 

Let's be practical. What are some 
of the ways that show love in our 
life? Pillsbury has a slogan, "Noth- 
in' shows lovin' like somethin' from 
the oven — " but I'm sure that there 
are many more ways of showing 

The 13th chapter of I Corinthians 
says a great deal on the practical 
ways of showing love. The New 
English Bible translates part of 
the chapter this way: 

"Love is patient; love is kind 
and envies no one. Love is never 
boastful, nor conceited, nor rude; 
never selfish, not quick to take 
offence. Love keeps no score of 
wrongs; does not gloat over other 
men's sins, but delights in the 
truth. There is nothing love cannot 
face; there is no limit to its faith, 
its hope, and its endurance. Love 
will never come to an end." 

This is God's love showing itself 
to the world through us. We, in 
ourselves can never be always pa- 

tient, always kind, never envious 
boastful, or conceited. As Chris- 
tian women when we find these 
sins in our lives we may be verj 
sure that others are not seeing 
Christ in us; we are not LIVING 
the life of knowledge about Him 
and we must whisper a prayej 
and ask God's forgiveness, yielding 
ourselves to Him anew that H( 
may live through you and me. 

In conclusion, if we are to LIVE 
a life that shows to the world oui 
knowledge of Jesus Christ we mus 
do two things. First, we must ex- 
amine ourselves with God's helj 
and make sure that Jesus Christ 
Himself, is at the very center o: 
our lives. Second, we must yielc 
ourselves so completely to Hirt 
that He lives through us; so tha 
His love shines forth out of oui 

"For God, who commanded th( 
light to shine out of darkness 
hath shined in our hearts to giv< 
the light of the knowledge of tht 
glory of God in the face of Jesu! 
Christ." God has put this knowl- 
edge of His glory within us — anc 
"God is love." Therefore, to liv( 
the life of knowledge is to live sc 
that God's love shines through uf 
in such a way that the world know; 
that we are His and He is in us 

Stewardship Instruction 


Mrs. Walter C. Wertz 

HAVE YOU EVER thought of 
the lavishness of God's hand? 
When He paints a landscape or 
a sunset, or hangs a rainbow in 
the sky, it stretches as far as the 
eye can reach. Its colors are rich 
beyond compare. Money could not 
buy them. 

The breath-taking grandeur of 
the mountains, or of the ocean, 
or the quiet loveliness of blossoms 
in the springtime, is immeasurable! 

What can we give Him. Could 
it ever be too generous? 

All these things and many more 
He has given us to enjoy. He wants 
you to enjoy this beautiful uni- 

verse, but don't put God in the 
back seat on any trip you make. 
Think back on your vacation. Did 
you honor Him on the Lord's day? 
Take God into consideration in all 
your plans. Christian stewards tithe 
time, too. Don't ever be too busy 
seeing the world to take time out 
to worship Him. The whole day 
will be brighter when you know 
you put Him first. You will also 
get more joy out of any Sunday. 
Reverend F. B. Meyer said, "It 
is a trick with little children in a 
spasm of generosity, to give to 
those whom they love some dear 
possession, and to take it back 
again. And it is thus that too 

many Christians act towards Christ 
They ask Him to consider all theii 
possessions as His, but they deter- 
mine how much to give to a collec- 
tion without once asking Him whai 
He desires." 

God's giving is different. He con- 
tinues to shower us with blessing! 
on every hand. 

"But must I give again and again?' 
So the miser's peevish questior 


"Oh, no," said the angel, thus pierc- 
ing him through, 

"Just give till the Master stops giv- 
ing to you." 

January 13, 1963 

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Dear Girls, 

! Now that Christmas is over and 
we're al] out of money maybe we 
had better think of some ways to 
earn money for our Sisterhood 
projects. The National project this 
year is a contribution to the Gen- 
eral Fund of the Mission Board 
for World Missions. You probably 
have a district project also and 
perhaps even a local project. It's 
rather hard to divide a few dollars 
three ways so here are a few ideas 
that you girls have sent in on your 
; statistical blanks. 

# Make bright-colored hot pads 
land sell them to the women in 
your church, your relatives, neigh- 
;bors, and friends. 

Designate one month as 
:Babysitting Month and give to the 
iproject fund all the money "you 
'earn from babysitting in that 

# Designate another month as 
Tithe Month and instead of put- 
ting your tithe in the church offer- 
ing that month, keep it and turn 
lit in at the end of the month. You 
will be amazed at how much money 
you can raise this way if every 
"one takes part. 

# Since young girls like to bake, 
iWhy not send a traveling basket. As 
each girl receives the basket, she 
takes out the baked goods that are 
in the basket, puts a contribution 
in the kitty, and makes something 
to fill the basket for the next girl 
on the list. Remember, this is a 
project for you girls, not Mom. 
And keep the basket traveling! 

O An excellent way to earn 
money is to take the job of janitor 

in your church. It would mean 
working every week but what bet- 
ter way to earn money for the 
Lord's work than cleaning His 

We are all young, energetic girls 
so let's get busy. If you have any 
luck with these ideas or with your 
own ideas, please tell me about it. 
There's no time like the present 
to get started. 


Though Christ a thousand times 

In Bethlehem be born, 
If he's not born in thee 

Thy soul is still forlorn. 
The cross on Golgotha 

Will never save thy soul, 
The cross in thine own heart 

Alone can make thee whole. 

Angelus Silesius. 

Pointers from the Patronesses 

Mrs. Jean Lersch 

■"pHE JUNIOR S. M. M. here in 
1 our church gave me a little 
book entitled God in My Kitchen 
{Fifty-two Thoughts for Home- 
makers) by Dorothy Haskin a 
couple of years ago when I helped 
them with their public service. I 
recently found one of the thoughts 
in the book and thought of the help 
it might be to all Sisterhood girls. 
Its title is "Your Street, Your Field." 

The Christian knocked at her 
neighbor's door. When she an- 
swered, the Christian said, "We 
have been neighbors for several 
years but we have never read 
the Bible together. May I come 
in and read the Bible with you 
for ten minutes?" 

"Why, yes," the neighbor fal- 
tered, allowing the woman to 

The Christian sat down, opened 
the Bible to Isaiah 53 and care- 
fully read the chapter. Then she 
stood up, said, "Thank you," and 
started to leave. 

"But you will come again and 
read to me, won't you?" invited 
the neighbor. 

"With pleasure," the Christian 
answered. She had broken the 
ice. For several years she had 
wanted to speak to her neighbor 
of the things of God but had 
not known how to do it. Then 
she heard C. Harold Chrisman 
suggest this simple approach. No 
one resented the Christian want- 

ing ten minutes in which to read 
the Bible. But her doing so 
awakened the interest of several, 
who began attending church and 
were won to the Lord. 

You can have a mission field 
among your acquaintances. Start a 
list of people you know and pray 
for them regularly. Watch for their 
needs and pray specifically for 
them. Then watch for improve- 
ments in these people. 

You can actually minister to 
those people who live around you 
by helping them in practical ways. 
Offer to water the lawn or feed 
the cat of the neighbor who is go- 
ing out of town. Baby-sit for a 
neighbor and then refuse to take 
any money once in a while. It is 
good for you to give your service 

Another way to be a missionary 
at home is to follow the advice 
given in I Peter 3:15: "Be ready 
always to give an answer to every 
man that asketh you a reason of 
the hope that is in you with meek- 
ness and fear." Do you know why 
you are a Christian? What are the 
things that trouble people? Find 
out by listening closely to their 
comments and questions and then 
find an answer to these questions 
from the Bible. Be ready. Any- 
where you go can be a mission 
field for the Lord. Learn to take 
advantage of the opportunities that 
come your way to be a missionary. 

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Isaac B. Litton 


THIS IS THE SECOND in a series of medita- 
tions, or shall we call them, "interpretations" 
of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount? I can think of 
no better place to get helps on how to be a bet- 
ter Layman. When we within ourselves feel we 
are living a little closer to Christ, we know we can 
be a better witness. The two Beatitudes that I 
share with you are very important in each Lay- 
man's life. 

Blessed Are The Merciful, 
For They Shall Obtain Mercy 

THERE IS A certain type person who brings 
to life a "justice" complex; He is always pre- 
pared to pay exactly what he owes and, by the 
same token, expects to be paid exactly what is 
due him. Now in terms of our series on Sanctity 
for Laymen, we can only say that a sense of jus- 
tice is an excellent foundation for the spiritual 
life, but we must go farther than that if we are 
to discover the real spirit of the Beatitudes. 

Mercy is the virtue which prompts us to go 
beyond justice. Mercy is that tender quality of 
the heart which nudges us to forgive those in 
error, to help those in distress, to assist the 
needy and the unfortunate. 

To The Least Of These My Brethren 

THERE ARE TWO very good reasons for de- 
veloping this quality of mercy in our hearts. For 
one thing, if our Blessed Lord shows us any- 
thing in His life, it is His mercy and compassion 
and forgiveness. What the Master has done, we. 
His disciples must also do. 

But even more important, He has told us that 
these acts of mercy, kindness and goodness are 
not being directed at some hapless, down-trodden 
lumian being. On the contrary, they are being di- 
rected to all men. 

Come, ye blessed of my Father, possess you 
the kingdom prepared for you from the founda- 
tion of the world. For I was hungry, and you; 
gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me 
to drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in: 
Naked, and you covered me: sick, and you visited 
me: I was in prison, and you came to me. Tlier 
shall the just answer Him, saying: Lord, when 
did we see thee hungry and fed thee, thirsty, 
and gave thee drink? And when did we see thee 
stranger and took thee in? Or naked and covered 
thee? Or when did we see thee sick or in prison 
and came to thee: and the Lord answering shall 
say to them: Amen, I say to you, as long as you 
did it to one of the least of these my brethren, 
you did it to me. 

The Fruits of Mercy 

IF, IN OUR DAILY LIVES, we reflected the 
mercy of Christ, the world would begin to see 
the image of Christ in each of us. The world would 
then know less hatred, less strife, less tension 
Then the Gospel of Jesus Christ would be written 
in the hearts of all men, for mercy would beget 
more mercy. Tlien all the peoples of the work 
would gladly submit themselves to the gentle rule 
of His Promised Kingdom. 

Blessed Are The Peacemakers — 
For They Shall Be Called The Children of God 

ONE OF OUR LORD'S favorite greetings was: 
Peace be to you. You will recall at the Last Sup- 
per, when He promised them the Paraclete, He 
added: Peace I leave with you. My peace I give 
unto you. This recurring theme of peace cer- 
tainly prompted this Beatitude which our Lord 
gave to those who wanted a true understanding 
of His message. 

January 12, 1963 

Page Twenty-one 

■ St. Francis of Assisi must have meditated a 
long time on this Beatitude when he composed his 
famous prayer: 

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace! 

Where there is hatred — let me sow love; 

Where there is injury — pardon; 

Where there is doubt — faith; Where there is 
despair — hope ; 

Where there is darkness — light; Where there 
is sadness — joy. 

Divine Master, grant that I may not so much 

To be consoled — as to console; To be under- 
stood — as to understand 

To be loved — as to love; for it is in giving — 
that we receive; 

It is in pardoning — that we are pardoned; 

It is in dying— that we are born to eternal life. 

Someone once said: "A troublemaker is a child 
of the devil." 

Appropriately then we say that "the peace- 
maker is a child of God." 

Who Is A Peacemaker? 

The peacemaker is one who helps achieve an 
atmosphei'e of harmony, cooperation and unity. 
With humility he satisfies the pride and vanity 
in others; with pleasantness he calms the angry, 
suspicious feelings in others: with generosity, he 
gives the extra effort to quiet ruffled feelings 
or to do more than his share when a laggard is 
"dragging his feet." The peacemaker knows that 
without harmony and order, no project can suc- 
ceed; and he will sacrifice almost anything to get 
people to work together so that the project will 

The Peacemaker at Work 

Every group, every project and every organiza- 
tion needs the peacemaker to achieve its pur- 
pose. Take the family for instance. If neither the 
husband nor the wife will make the effort to 
achieve harmony, the family is on the shoals. 
If either one or the other will make the effort, 
a certain minimum harmony can be achieved. 
When both make the effort, the result is precious 
—a very happy family. 

The same goes for neighborhood groups, for 
work groups in the office or factory, and even 
for parish societies. More than one parish group 
has been wrecked because of trouble makers, 
; seeking an outlet for their vanity, when there 
was no peacemaker to bring harmony and order 
to bear. 

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall 
be called the children of God. 




NOVEMBER 24, 1962 


At 9:30 a. m. the Laymen of the several churches 
in our district met in the church at Falls City, Neb- 
raska, for a Laymen's Rally. 

The scripture was read by Eddie Bodine of Carleton. 
He read Luke 18:11-19. Rev. Sylvas Flora led in prayer. 
Rev. Kenneth Howard of Fort Scott, Kansas led in 
the ice breakers. He started with the letter A of the 
alphabet. Name someone, something, or some oc- 
casion mentioned in the Bible, then introduce your- 
self. We went through the complete alphabet. This 
was great fun, also educational. Joe Lemmon of Falls 
City showed us pictures that were taken last May 
12, at Carleton, Nebraska, at our last rally. These 
were well presented and were pleasant reminders of 
the hospitality of the host church. 

The past president, Lester Peck, introduced the new 
president to the group. Mr. Earl Clayburn of Port 
Scott, Kansas, conducted business as a veteran. He 
elaborated upon the National Goals. We had the 
treasurer's report, and at our next meeting we will 
have the minutes read. 

Our project for 1962 was $100.00 toward a complete 
bath set for our caretakers' house at Camp Wyan- 
dotte. This project was completed, except for $2.00. 

In the business we voted to buy two $10.00 club 
memberships. We adjourned the business meeting 
until after dinner. 

Our Bible study was conducted by Ralph Barnum 
of Fort Scott. The study was taken from the good 
book "Our Faith." We looked up the reference he 
gave us, and then we commented upon the same. 
He used Chapter 9, Personal Services, as fruit of per- 
sonal commitment. Our speaker was the county's re- 
tired engineer. Ben Dale for 37 years has surveyed 
our roads in this county. He is valuable in the Lay- 
men's group of the Methodist Church here in Fort 
Scott. By every remark he made he opened our 
thoughts deeper and deeper. His Bible reference was 
Acts 27:29. This was his theme: "Four Anchors." The 
climax came when he used these words: "To believe 
God is to belong to Him. To belong to Him is to serve 
Him. And to serve Him is to thank Him." 

Rev. Robert Holsinger asked the blessing for the 
noon meal. The ladies of the W. M. S. served 21 men 
a well-balanced ration at the meal. A thank offering 
was lifted in the plate. Enough to more than pay 
for food purchased, and a little for appreciation. 

Joe took more pictures from different stations 
around the room. We heard the musical tape our 
National Laymen are sponsoring while we ate and vis- 
ited at the meal. 

We had a short business session after dinner. We 
set a tentative date to use our invitation to Fort Scott, 
March 30, or April 20. Fort Scott will again make pro- 
gram folders. 

We hope this District Rally business is contagious. 

Lester Peck. 

Page Twenty-two 

The Brethren Evangelist 


Enter now! Folders have been 
sent to each church. A portion 
of that folder is an entry blank. 
Fill it out and send it in. You 
will then receive a letter and 
several pamphlets on "Peace" to 
aid you. We are LOOKING for 
your entry blank! 

EVERY YEAR about this time 
people everywhere have made 
what they call "New Year's Reso- 
lutions." They have come to the 
conclusion that it would be better 
If they would change the way 
they have been doing some things, 
so they resolve that they will not 
do such-and-such anymore, or that 
they will do this from now on. 
They make these resolutions in an 
attempt to better themselves. Many 
times, not always, people usually 
keep these "promises" that they 
make to themselves. 

As Christian young people I think 
we should make some "New Year's 
Resolutions." However, I feel that 
our reasons for doing this should 
not be the same as those of most 
people. We should make, and keep, 
resolutions that will help us in our 
daily Christian walk. Instead of 
making these "promises" to our- 
selves, we should promise God that 
we are going to do our best, with 
His help, to live a better life in 
the year to come than we have 
this past year. I think it would be 
a good idea if we would take a 
look at some of the resolutions that 
we can make for God. 

The one thing that a young per- 
son spends a big part of his time 
doing is going to school. We read 
in II Timothy 2:15 that we are to 
"Study to show thyself approved 
unto God ..." If we intend to be 
able to live and do what God would 
have us to do, we must have the 
knowledge that it takes to get 
along in this world. It is getting 
more and more important every 
year to have a college education 
and before you can ever hope to 
have this, you must do your best in 
the lower grades. God has blessed 
each one of us with a brain. 

Now it is up to us to make use 
of that which has been given to 



US. However, I am sure that the 
word study here in this verse does 
not just mean study in school, 
but it also means that we should 
study God's word, the Bible. If 
we ever intend to live the kind of 
life He wants us to, we must fol- 
low the road map that He has given 
us. When you are going to some 
town you have never been to be- 
fore, you either ask someone how 
to get there or you get a road map 
and determine from it the best 
route to take. Therefore, if we are 
going to take the road to heaven 
we must study very carefully the 
road map that has been given us, 
and then walk the paths that it 
has laid out before us. 

I think, the next resolution we 
should make to God is that we will 
follow the teaching of Exodus 20:3. 
"Thou shalt have no other gods 
before me." In this day and age 
it is so easy to put more importance 
on the things of the world than 
on the things of God. When we do 
this, we are making gods out of 
these worldly things. One item 
that we many times actually wor- 
ship is money. This is probably one 

of the biggest things that stands 
between a person and God. We have 
arrived at the point where we are 
almost ashamed to be seen in an 
old car. It is one big race today 
to keep up with the "Joneses." We 
devote more time trying to figure 
out more ways to make more money 
than we do in trying to find out 
what God would have us to do for 
Him in our lifetime. And in this 
way we have made money a god. 
We should read and heed Mat- 
thew 6:19: "Lay not up for your- 
selves treasures upon earth, where 
moth and rust doth corrupt, and 
where thieves break through and 
steal." I am sure that you have all 
heard the saying, "You can't take 
it with you." How true this is when 
it comes to things of the world, 
but this is not so when you are 
talking about godly things. It does 
not even make sense, then, to work 
so hard for something that we 
KNOW we cannot keep. I would 
hate to waste my entire life work- 

January 12, 1963 

Page Twenty-three 

ing for something that will never 
be completely mine. I would rather 
have something to show for it. 
How about you? 

Turning again to Matthew the 
28th chapter, the 19th verse we 
read, "Go ye therefore, and teach 
all nations, baptizing them in the 
name of the Father, and of the 
Son, and of the Holy Ghost." This 
as we all know is the Great Com- 
mission and it was given to the 
eleven disciples, but it was not to 
them alone that this was given. 
This commission was given to each 
and every one of us as followers 
of Him. God has given each one of 
us the task of spreading His Word 
throughout the world. As a teen- 
ager, you are faced with the prob- 
lem of trying to decide on a life- 
time profession. If you are truly 
a Christian you are going to con- 
sider first of all the ministry or 
mission field, or some other FULL 
TIME Christian work. 

To find out what God would have 
you do is not an easy task. It takes 
hours and hours of study and 
prayer before we can know what 
God would have us to do with our 
lives. Before you say that you are 
going to be a teacher, lawyer, doc- 
tor, or whatever, be SURE that 
is what God wants YOU to do for 

The things I have thus far sug- 
gested that you resolve to do for 
God are by no means easy things 
to do and it is for such a reason 
I would suggest this last resolution. 
The basis for this last resolution 
is found in Psalm 121, "I will lift 
up mine eyes unto the hills, from 
whence cometh my help. My help 
cometh from the Lord, which made 
heaven and earth. . .The Lord shall 
preserve thy going out and thy 
coming in from this time forth, and 
even for evermore." God has prom- 
ised us all of the help we might 
need. He knew we would not have 
an easy road ahead of us, so He 
made provision for the times when 
we will need a helping hand from 
Some One bigger than we are. 
"Ask, and it shall be given you; 
seek, and ye shall find, knock, and 
it shall be opened unto you." Is it 
not wonderful that all we have to 
do is ask God to help us and He 
will, no matter how big or how 
little our problem is? 

Happy New Year and may God 
bless you in the coming year. 



Junior B. Y. C. for 

and Kathaleen 

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CHKDREN: ages 16 and 23 
per drive for money raising, 
Christmas party and programs, 
others things to be planned. 

You+h Activities 
In Arizona 

Senior High youth at Tucson have 
been busy during the months of 
October and November. On October 
14th they had a joint meeting with 
pre-High youth. The program on 
"Fastening on Dead Branches" was 
followed by a pizza dinner and so- 
cial activities. 

Lesson and discussion for Oc- 
tober 21 centered around "Daily 
Grind." Election of officers occurred 
with these results: 

President — Carmen Roberts 

V. President — Jeri Sheets 

Secretary — Amy Roberts 

Treasurer — Nelson Swartz. 

Another combined meeting with 
the pre-High was held on October 
28th on Collection of United Nations 
Children's Emergency Fund. $85.00 
was collected and social activities 
followed with refreshments. 

November 2, 3, and 4 we met with 
the Papago Park Brethren Youth 
for our annual Retreat at Payson, 
Arizona. Discussions were held on 
"National Youth Goals" and "Teen- 
age Problems." Saturday night was 
spent in the homes of the Papago 
Park youth members and Sunday 
morning all attended the church 

Our group attended a commen- 
tary with slides on Berlin and 
Communism on November 11th at 
the University of Arizona. 

The November 18th program fo- 
cused on the "Inspiration of the 
Bible." A business meeting was held 
and plans were made for: Christ- 
mas carolling at the rest home, 
sending blankets to Algerians and 
candlelight ceremony on Christmas 

—Mr. & Mrs. Delbert C. Strunk, 

B.Y. Af Vinco 

The combined youth groups of 
the Vinco Brethren Church met for 
their first meeting on September 
23, 1962. We discussed what we 
would be doing during the year. 
Among other things is a contest 
between the two youth groups. The 
point system is: 

Present in B.Y.C 1 point 

Bible 1 point 

Visitor 1 point 

New Member 2 points 

Evening Service 3 points 

Prayer Meeting 4 points 

Memory Verse 2 points 

Bible Chapters 3 points 

At this writing the seniors are 

leading 562 to 503. 
The seniors had an election of 

officers and they are as follows: 
President — Dennis Durbin 
Secretary — Karen Stevens 
Treasurer — Pete Glavach 
Advisors — Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Ste- 

Every week a different person 
leads in the singing of several 
hymns or choruses, one leads in 
scripture, and one in prayer. 

For about two or three Sunday 
evenings we had a discussion on 
"Witnessings." Now we have Bible 
Baseball and Bible Quizzes. 

The meetings have been very well 
attended with an average atten- 
dance of 17 or 18. 

— Karen Stevens, secretary. 


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Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "Walking In His Way" 3 

News from the Brethren 4 

Weddings and Memorials 4 

Coming Events 4 

Progress Reports from Brethren Churches .... 5 

Prayer Meeting Bible Study 6 

Sunday School Suggestions 7 

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January 20th — Smithville 

2 :00 p. m. — Registration 

$1.00 — fee (includes supper) 

Bring gym shoes for recreation 

Film: "Beyond the Skies" 


The Ashland College Choir will be on tour 
between semesters, giving concerts in various 
churches and high schools. 

Brethren Churches to be visited by the choir 
and the dates of their appearances are as fol- 
lows (evening concerts unless otherwise noted) : 
Saturday, January 26 — Pleasant Hill, Ohio 
Sunday (A. M.) , January 27 — Dayton (Hill- 
crest) , Ohio 
Sunday, January 27 — New Lebanon, Ohio 
Monday, January 28 — College Corner, Wabash, 

Tuesday, January 29 — Nappanee, Indiana 
Wednesday, January 30 — Goshen, Indiana 
Friday, February 1 — Smithville, Ohio 
Sunday, February 3 — Canton (Trinity) , Ohio 

You are invited to attend the concert closest 
to you. The choir is under the direction of Mr, 
CalVin Y. Rogers, Head of the Music Department 
of Ashland College. 


A minister at a camp meeting, in the course 
of his sermon advised that the people, as they 
retired from the service, should go away and 
be alone with God for fifteen minutes. A brother 
followed the advice, and was brought into th€ 
most delightful fellowship with Jesus. The un- 
folding of things belonging to the Kingdom ol 
God, even in that fifteen minutes, was rich and 

We would urge our readers to be often alone 
with God. If you want to be let down into eternal 
mysteries, into the Godhead's deepest sea, be 
alone with God. If you want to feel as never 
before the strength of the "power that worketh 
in us," be alone with God. Fifteen minutes in 
such secret fellowship is worth an age of blus- 
tering outdoor noise about religion. 

— Pilgrim Holiness Advocate. 

These many centuries the call of the cross, 
like the call of the morning, has drawn men 
from the darkness and the dead works of night 
to the glorious light and the activities of a new 
day, filling their lives with faith, hope and love. 
E. Paul Hovey in THE TREASURY FOR 
(Fleming H. Revell Company) . 

IJanuary 19, 1963 

Page Three 



In His 


the disciples overlooked 
I which caused them so much sor- 
irow and fear after Christ was 
[crucified, was that the Lord had 
'told them He would "Go before 
them into Galilee." 

After the Lord was taken cap- 
tive and was well on His way 
to Calvary, we read that all of 
ithe disciples forsook Him and 
) fled. Even on the day of the 
) Resurrection, they locked them- 

■ selves in a room because they 
I were afraid of retribution from 
i those who had been enraged 
I' when they discovered that the 
i crucified Jesus was not in His 
iitomb as He should be. 

Yet, the Lord had promised 

■ that He would be a Shepherd to 
i all who would follow Him. Too 
I much we today have a tendency 

to forget this. We plan and pro- 
1 mote and fret and worry. We 
i lose hope, and discouragement 
comes — all because we have 
failed, as did the disciples, to 
remember His promise to go be- 
fore us. Life will be happier for 
us, and our church work will 
be more successful if we will 
but remember that we belong 
to Him, He cares, and He has 
'i promised to show us the way 
in which we should go. 

We must remember, though, 

I, that He goes in the way of 

righteousness. It is sheer non- 

sense to believe that as Chris- 
tians we can lay claim to belong- 
ing to Christ, and then forever 
seek to shut Him out of all our 
plans and activities while still 
claiming to belong to Him. 
Christ said, "Follow me!" He did 
not say, "Believe in Me and then 
go have yourselves a merry old 
time until you die, because then 
'at last' I will save you for eter- 

The Christian way is a way of 
life, a conviction, a belief, a sep- 
aration, a dedication, and a fel- 
lowship. We must remember that 
Christ travels the way of right- 
eousness. He is sinless and walks 
the sinless pathway in His lead- 
ership of the believer. As nearly 
as possible, we are to walk in 
the way of His righteousness 
with a firm conviction against 
sin. We say, "as nearly as pos- 
sible," for none live without sin 
in this life! We are still in the 
human flesh — • the old nature 
seeks to arise and take control 
(for some it does, unfortunately) 
— -and sin does enter into life. 

We are "walking in His way" 
when the desire of our heart is 
to refrain from sinning, when 
we desire to please Him, and 
when we are willing to humble 
self and serve Him willingly. 
How much better our testimony 
would be to the world if we 
hated sin like God does. How 
diflferent our life would be if we 

were to remember that our body 
is the temple of God through 
the Holy Spirit. 

God is ever seeking those who 
have the will and determination 
to follow the precept that com- 
mitment to Christ means not 
only acceptance of Him as Sav- 
ior, but that it means also fol- 
lowing Him in act, word, and 
deed each day. 

The Lord leads in only one 
way — His. He does not alter, 
compromise, water down, or per- 
mit secret excursions into the 
worldly ways. We must learn 
that to be assured of His help 
and protection, we must walk in 
the closest of fellowship with 
Him. He allows us, and pro- 
vides for us, many joys and rich 
pleasures in the Christian life. 
Also with this. He guides us in- 
to paths of service which will 
bring glory to His name and 
success to His work. 

The weakness of the church 
today is the Christian who, on 
the the one hand professes be- 
lief in Christ, and who on the 
other hand walks in the way of 
worldly popularity, social sins 
and other unchristian activities. 
The only answer to the survival 
of the Christian church today, 
is to remember what the Lord 
said to the disciples, "I go be- 
fore you," and then go with 
Him wherever He leads. W. S. B. 

Page Four 

The Brethren Evangelist 

viNco, PA. The Vinco church 
hosted the Sunday and Wednesday 
evening services of the area "Week 
of Prayer" services beginning on 
January 6th. 

CAMERON, w. VA. Brother Cecil Bol- 
ton reports the reception of one 
new member by baptism, in this 
case, his daughter, Kaye. 


Gospel Team from Ashland College 
conducted services the evening of 
January 6th. Terry Morgan was 
the speaker. 

Three new members were received 
by baptism on December 30th. 

vices on January 6th were con- 
ducted by a Gospel Team from Ash- 
land College. A basket dinner was 
served to the team at noon. 

Seven new members were received 
by baptism recently. 

The first service in the "Week 
of Prayer" series was held in the 
North Manchester church the eve- 
ning of January 6th. 


December 30th were conducted by 
the Woman's Missionary Societies, 
featuring missionaries. Rev. and 
Mrs. Kenneth Solomon. 

13th was the scheduled day for 

the holding of the W. M. S. pubhc 

MORRILL, KANSAS. The ladies of 
the church conducted their W. M. S. 
public service on January 13th. 



istic Services — Jan. 20-27 — Rev. Phil 
Lersch, Evangelist; Rev. Jim Row- 
sey. Pastor. 


MACKALL. Forrest J. Mackall, 58, 
died suddenly, Dec. 6, 1962. Mem- 
ber, Vinco Brethren Church since 
1915. Survived by parents, two 
brothers, one sister and two sons. 
Wife preceded him in death. Me- 
morial service in the church, with 
the pastor officiating. Interment, 
Forest Lawn Cemetery. 

Henry Bates, Pastor. 

MOORE. Jesse H. Moore, 90, 
charter member and oldest mem- 
ber of the Highland Brethren 
Church, Marianna, Pa., passed to 
his reward, Nov. 8, 1962. Survived 
by three daughters. Wife and two 

sons preceded him in death. Ser- 
vices by the pastor and grandson, 
Rev. Carl H. Phillips. 

Jessie Phillips, Sec'y. 

MATZ. Mrs. Dottie Matz, 71, died 
Oct. 31, 1962. Faithful member. Tee- 
garden church. Survived by hus- 
band and three children. Services 
by former pastor, Rev. Hays Logan, 
assisted by the pastor. 

BOWERS. Samuel Bowers, 60, 
died unexpectedly, Nov. 24, 1962 
Survived by his wife, step-daughter, 
three step-grandchildren and twc 
sisters. Faithful member, Teegarden 
church. Services at the church by 
the pastor. 

KILIAN. William Kilian, 85 
passed away, Dec. 4, 1962. Survived 
by wife, foster son and daughter 
and a brother. Member, Teegarden 
church. Services at the church by 
the pastor. 

Claude Stogsdill, Pastor. 


cember 15, 1962, in the Vinco Breth- 
ren Church, William Barclay anc 
Miss Ruby Holsopple were united 
in marriage by the pastor. The 
new Mrs. Barclay has been a mem- 
ber of the Vinco church for a num- 
ber of years. Mr. Barclay is a mem- 
ber of the United Presbyterian 
Church, Monroeville, Pa. The couple 
is making their home at Ebensburg, 

Henry Bates, Pastor. 



Brethren Superintendents, teachers, assistants, administra- 
tors, helpers, pastors and prospective teachers. 

DATE: Saturday, February 23, 1963 

PLACE: Asbury Methodist Church, Delaware, Ohio 

TIME: 10:15 a. m. to 6:30 p. m. 

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January 19, 1963 

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Progress Reports 
Brethren Churches 




ORDINATION SERVICES for Duane Dickson were 
held in the First Brethren Church, Burlington, 
Indiana on November 18, 1962 at 2:30 P.M. 
The program was as follows: 

Order of Service 

Organ Prelude— "The Love of God" F. N. Lehman 

Mrs. Russell Rodkey 
Hymn — "O Jesus I Have Promised" 

Invocation Rev. Arthur Tinkel 

Anthem— "Every Day Will I Bless Thee" Choir 

The Action of the Church calUng for Ordination 

Russell Rodkey, Moderator 
The Action of the Ministerial Examining Board 

Rev. Arthur Tinkel 

Solo— "How Great Thou Art" Tom Hanna 

Ordination Message 

"The Ambassador and His Ministry" 

II Corinthians 5:17-20 

Rev. Delbert Flora, Dean, 

Ashland Theological Seminary 

Hymn— "I Would Be True" 

The Scriptural Charge I Tim. 3:1-7, II Tim. 4:1-5 

Rev. Arthur Tinkel 

Questions to the Candidate Rev. Arthur Tinkel 

Charge to the Candidate Rev. Delbert Flora 

Ordination Prayer with Laying on of Hands 

Rev. Arthur Tinkel and Rev. Delbert Flora 

Setting Apart as an Elder Rev. Arthur Tinkel 

Declaration of Authority as an Elder 

Rev. Delbert Flora 
The consecration of Helen Dickson as wife of an Elder 
Charge to serve as Wife of an Elder 

Rev. Arthur Tinkel 
Prayer with Laying on of Hands 

Rev. Arthur Tinkel and Rev. Delbert Flora 
Hymn— "Breathe On Me, Breath of God" 

Benediction Rev. Duane Dickson 

Postlude "Trust Ye In The Lord For Ever" 

Mrs. Russell Rodkey 


Duane Dickson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Dick- 
son, was born April 28, 1927 near Dunkirk, Indiana 
where he attended public schools. He graduated from 
Bryant High School, Bryant, Indiana in 1945. 

Immediately following graduation from High School, 
he served for a short period in the U. S. Navy. 

Duane married Helen Myers, of Dunkirk, Indiana, 
the daughter of Rosie (Bolen) Myers and the late 
Virgel Myers, on July 13, 1947. Duane and Helen are 
the parents of one daughter, Candace, 14, and two 
sons, Gerald, 13 and Donald, 12. 

When Duane had completed several courses in 
electronics, the family moved to Plymouth, Indiana 
where he was employed by Scott Radio Laboratories. 
He served this company in various capacities, Elec- 
tronics Technician, Supervisor, Quality Control Man- 
ager, and Field Representative. 

In November, 1953, Mr. and Mrs. Dickson became 
members of the County Line Brethren Church of 
near Lapaz, Indiana. They served in this church 
until October 1955 when they moved to Tucson, Ari- 
zona and transferred their membership to the Tuc- 
son Brethren Church. While in Tucson, Mr. Dickson 
was employed by Hughes Aircraft Company as an 
Engineering Writer. 

In November of 1959 Mr. Dickson received the call 
to the ministry. In February of 1960 he entered Ash- 
land Theological Seminary to prepare for the Gospel 
Ministry. In October 1961, Mr. Dickson received the 
call to serve as pastor of the First Brethren Church, 
Burlington, Indiana. He was licensed in November of 
1961, and in March of 1962, he completed the two- 
year Pastoral Orientation course at the Ashland Semi- 

At present the Dicksons are living at Burlington, 
Indiana where Mr. Dickson is serving as pastor of 
the First Brethren Church. 


Greetings to all who like to follow in the Evangelist 
what is happening in the Brethren churches across 
the country. 

We would like to first tell you of our work in the 
Brethren Church in Mansfield, Ohio. We arrived 
there in September, 1959 and found the people in a 
very discouraged state of mind. Various things had 
happened to bring them to this condition of which 
we will not speak at this time. We knew that there 
would be still further loss because of our preaching 
on the theme of Christian Living, which so many 
people were unable to take. As a result of the trouble 

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they had been through, a great many people had left 
the church and the attendance was only about 55 on 
the average. After much prayer and consultations, 
we decided on some things we thought would be the 
most helpful and with God working through us and 
many others the work began to pick up. 

The Reverends Charles Munson, Claude Stogsdill, 
Glenn Grumbling, William Fells, St. Clair Benshoff, 
and Clarence Stogsdill were used of God in holding 
Evangelistic Meetings, and though the results were 
varied, yet great good was accomplished and souls 
were saved. There were also those who reconsecrated 
their lives to the Master who became very helpful 
in the work. In all there were 18 who accepted the 
Lord and were baptized by triune immersion into the 
Lord's death and came forth in newness of life to 
serve him. Others came into the church by letters 
having been previously baptized in a like manner. 

The attendance in the three years we were there 
rose to an average of about 100 in Sunday School 
with about 75 being the church attendance. We feel 
that our very capable Sunday School Superintendent, 
Mr. Ralph Fairbanks, had much to do also with the 
work going forward along with some of the teachers 
in both Sunday school and the Daily Vacation Bible 
School that was conducted each summer. We feel 
that the Lord richly blessed the work in Mansfield 
and they are in a position where with the right lead- 
ership they can accomplish great things for the Lord. 

November 11, 1962, we terminated our work in 
Mansfield for we felt that the Lord had said our 
share in the work there was done. We had accepted 
a call to the work for the Lord in Maurertown, Vir- 
ginia. And proceeded to move to that parish. Since 
coming here, we have found a good group of work- 
ers that is desirous of going forward in the Lord's 
work. The Sunday School Superintendent, Mr. Leon 
Rosenberger, had already made arrangements for a 
visitation program which was carried out on Sunday 
afternoon, December 2nd. The Laymen were in the 
process of gathering food and clothing for a truck 
load to be taken to Lost Creek. At our suggestion of 
the need for a dryer for Mrs. Richardson to take 
care of the orphans under her care, the Laymen 
agreed to purchase one, which was done and it, too, 
was taken. Altogether two pick-up truck loads were 
delivered by the men to Krypton and Lost Creek, Ken- 

We found the parsonage all cleaned. Various ones 
came and helped us in the unloading and placing 
cf our furniture. We received much food at the recep- 
tion they held for us as well as many other things 
that have been done for us since our arrival. We 
want to thank all the folks here for these many 
blessings and we are looking forward to the Lord's 
working through us all to accomplish much good for 
His kingdom and church. Pray for us and the work 
in both of these churches. 

Wilbur L. Thomas. 

On the last day of the services, a Communion was 
held in the afternoon and then Baptismal and Laying 
on of Hands Services following the evening Revival] 

Five people were baptized and welcomed into the 
church, four of these being of one family. Two, a hus- 
band and wife who came with their two teen-age 
children. The fifth was another teen-age girl. The 
church is praising the Lord for these victories. 

Mrs. Oris Collins, 


Here are a few of the events taking place recently 
at the Center Chapel Brethren Church. 

We have completed our pledge of $1200.00 to the 
Ashland Expansion Fund. This was done in a three 
year period. 

We are fortunate in having Rev. Robert Stover as 
our supply minister. He is truly a man of God. 

The Ladies' Aid voted to send $100.00 to our mis- 
sion in Lost Creek, Kentucky. 

The Brethren Youth Crusaders are sending $12.50 
a month, toward the support of a school girl there. 
This is a very worthwhile project, and our youth 
group invites other groups to adopt a child there and 
help to support him. 

The Sisterhood Girls of Mary and Martha are start- 
ing on their new goals for the coming year. May God 
Bless you girls richly. 

Mrs. Chester C. Miller, 
Corresponding secretary 

Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 


The Oakville Brethren Church had Revival Ser- 
vices December 2-9 with Rev. Glenn Grumbling, of 
the College Corner Brethren Church, serving as the 
Evangelist. Rev. John Little is pastor of the Oakville 

C. Y. Gilmer 


TO BEGIN RIGHT one should take Christ as his 
all sufficient Saviour (Jn. 1:12), trusting Him 
for forgiveness for the full penalty for sin (2 Cor. 
5:21). Having received Christ as one's redeemer (Gal. 
3:13) we should then be obedient to His will in all 
things (Jn. 14:21, 23), receiving the Holy Spirit (Acts 
5:32). We must have a continual confession of Christ 
openly with the mouth (Rom. 10:10) for a life of 
full confession is a life of full salvation (Gal. 2:20: 
Matt. 10:32). To do His will we are to feed on His 
Word continually for growth in grace (1 Pet. 2:2). 
We are to lead a life of prayer (1 Thess. 5:17). David 
and Daniel prayed three times a day (Psa. 55:17: 
Dan. 6:10). 

Come at the morning hour; 

Come, let us kneel and pray; 
Prayer is the Christian pilgrim's staff 
To walk with God all day. 

At noon, beneath the Rock 

Of Ages, rest and pray; 
Sweet is the shelter from the sun 

In weary heat of day. 

January 19, 1963 

Pag;e Seven 

At evening, in thy liome, 

Around its altars, pray; 
And finding there the house of God, 

With Heaven then close the day. 

When midnight veils our eyes, 

Oh, it is sweet to say, 
"I sleep, but my heart waketh, Lord, 

With Thee to watch and pray." 

— James Montgomery. 

One should pray for three things: wisdom from above 
(Jas. 1:5); strength from above (Isa. 40:31); for 
the Holy Spirit in new fullness (Acts 4:31). 

Cleansed and filled one goes to work for Christ 
(2 Tim. 2:21). As one uses what he has he will get 
more ability (Matt. 25:29). He will be a "liberal soul" 
(Prov. 11:25). Large giving will mean growth and 
success (2 Cor. 9:6, 8). We are to press on to the 
better things which lie before (Phil. 3:13, 14). Wher- 
ever one fails he should confess it at once to God 
for forgiveness (1 Jn. 1:9). We are to forget the suc- 
cesses of the past by pressing on to higher and better 
things (Eph. 4:13). 

Essentials to success in the Christian life are right 
choices (Psa. 119:30), God's judgments for life's 
foundation (v. 30b), perseverence (v. 31), depending 
on God to stand by us (v. 31b; Isa. 49:23; Rom. 9:33), 
progress (v. 32), and generous impulses (v. 32b; Isa. 
60:5). We are to have the "mind of Christ" (Phil. 
2:5), .which is patient (Lu. 22:25), gentle (v. 26), 
humble (v. 27), seeking not His own will (Jn. 5:30), 
doing nothing of Himself (Jn. 8:28), came not of 
Himself (Jn. 8:12), sought not His own glory (v. 50), 
but came "to minister" (Mk. 10:45) with a mind that 
was gracious (Lu. 22:28), faithful (v. 29), trustful 
(v. 32) , and obedient (v. 37) . 

"In the home it is kindness. 

In business it is honesty. 

In society it is courtesy, 

In work it is thoughtfulness, 

In play it is fairness. 

To the unfortunate it is pity, 

To the weak it is help. 

To the wicked it is resistance. 

To the strong it is trust. 

To the penitent it is forgiveness 

To God it is love and reverence. 

Sundoy School Suggestions 

from the National S. S. Board 
Dick Winfield 


tion in the past several years has been the in- 
troduction of the Television set into the classroom for 
educational purposes. The advantages of Educational 
TV, as it is called, have only begun to be explored, 

and the field promises to be an important one in the 

In this article, I would like to introduce a TV pro- 
gram for Brethren Sunday Schools. Surprisingly 
enough, however, this is not a new program — it is as 
old as Christianity itself. For the TV program which 
I am talking about is a program of Training and Visi- 

Tills method is as old as Christianity, for Jesus 
Christ Himself used this method in building His 
Church. For about three years He had with Him men 
whom He was training in the material and methods 
of Christian Evangelism. From time to time during 
this three year period these men were sent forward to 
do visiting. Then, at the end of the three year period, 
— at the ascension of Jesus Christ — these men were 
sent forth to "visit" the uttermost parts of the earth. 
A similar program is needed today in our Sunday 
Schools. For the remainder of this article I would 
like to suggest some ways in which the first part 
of this program — Training — may be carried out. Next 
week's article will be devoted to Visitation. 

The Apostle Paul once wrote to Timothy: "And the 
things that thou hast heard of me among many wit- 
nesses, the same commit thou to faithful m,en, who 
shall he able to teach others also" (II Timothy 2:2). 
This is our task — teacher training, of committing 
"the Things" to faithful men (and women) who shall 
be able to teach others also. Such teacher training 
needs to be a part of the basic program of the church. 
It is not optional. Following are suggested ways to 
carry out such a program. 

Teacher Training Courses — Once or twice during 
the year a special training course should be planned 
for teachers and prospective teachers. Such special 
courses are good times to teach subjects as "How to 
Teach," "Use of Teaching Aids," "Methods of Teach- 
ing," etc. 

In addition, the wise Pastor will often use his Wed- 
nesday and Sunday evening services as times for 
teacher training. He does this by choosing for these 
services a special course of study which he will fol- 
low through. For example, on Wednesday evening 
he might have a study in the Gospel of John, while 
on Sunday evenings he presents a series of messages 
on Biblical doctrines. All church members should be 
encouraged to attend these sessions; at the end of 
the course a test is given to only those desiring to re- 
ceive credit for the course. 

The Sunday School hour is also a good time to 
hold training courses for prospective teachers. A spe- 
cial class taught by the Pastor or some qualified lay- 
man can provide continuous teacher training. 

(For further information regarding courses and 
requirements for Teacher Training classes see the 
The Apprentice Plan— Another way to train teachers 
is by the apprentice plan. According to this plan a 
prospective teacher receives training by observing and 
working with a competent teacher in an actual class- 
room situation. Such a program, however, should be 
held in addition to and not instead of a program of 
training courses. 

Our churches have a definite responsibility to fi?id 
and to train faithful individuals who can in turn teach 
others. Let us be fulfilling this responsibility. 

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Signal Lights Program for February 
Prepared by Mrs. Alberta Holsinger 

Bible Theme: "Jesus Our Savior" 
Project: "Primary Schools for Nigeria" 

Call to Worship: 

Jesus our Savior wants to be; 

He wants to save you and me. 

He came to earth from heaven 

To tell us of God's great love. 

"My Bible and I" 

"Jesus, Friend of All the Chil- 

"Wonderful Things to Know" 
Bible Story: 
Our Savior Teaches and Preaches 

Everywhere Jesus went He saw 
people who were sad and needed 
to know God's love. He went into 
the towns and villages and taught 
the people about God. Sometimes 
He taught them using verses from 
the Old Testament. Sometimes He 
taught them by telling stories. 
Sometimes He taught them by tell- 
ing them to look for God's love 
in the world around — the birds, 
the flowers, the fields, and trees. 

Jesus chose twelve special men 
to be with Him. These were His 
disciples. They saw Jesus help the 
sick. They listened as He taught 
about God. They followed Him up 
the mountain where He told them 
more about God and how to help 
with God's work. 

Jesus told His disciples, "Remem- 
ber, when you pray you are talk- 
ing to God. Talk with Him as you 
would a good father. He loves you 
and will help you in all things 
if you obey Him." 

One day Jesus went back to Naza- 
reth where He had lived when He 
was a boy. Just as He had always 
done on the Sabbath Day, He went 
into the synagogue to worship God. 
The minister asked Jesus to read 
fi-om God's word. 

Jesus took the scroll and read, 
"The Lord is with me. He has sent 
me to help people who are in 
trouble, to heal those who are 
hurt, to give sight to the blind and 
to tell all people the glad news 
of His love." 

Jesus closed the book and handed 
it back to the minister. Then He 
said, "This verse in God's word tells 
about Me. I will help people who 
are troubled. I will heal those who 
are hurt. I will give sight to the 
blind. Wherever I go I will tell the 
glad news of God's love. Even now 
I am doing these things." 

The people wondered about this. 
They thought of Jesus as the little 
boy who used to live in their city 
of Nazareth and as the carpenter 
who worked there. They did not 
understand that He was the Mes- 

One day the disciples came to 
Jesus and asked, "Who will be the 
greatest in God's kingdom?" 

Jesus called to a child who was 
nearby. When the boy came to Him, 
Jesus lifted him to his lap. Then 
turning to the disciples He an- 
swered their question. "Whoever 
loves God and obeys Him as this 
child does is the greatest in the 
kingdom of heaven." 

Day by day Jesus taught the 
disciples and preached to the peo- 
ple. He knew they needed to learn 
about God. He knew they needed 
a Savior. In the Bible we read of 
the wonderful things Jesus taught. 
He came to tell us about God. 
He came to be our Savior. 

Based on portions of: 
Matthew 5 
Luke 4 
Matthew 18 

Poems: (to be read by a Signal 

Loving Jesus 
Loving Jesus, meek and mild. 
Look upon a little child. 
Make me loving as Thou art. 
Come and live within my heart. 
Take my childish hand in Thine, 
Guide these little feet of mine. 
So shall all my happy days 
Sing their pleasant song of praise. 
— Charles Wesley. 

Mission Story: The Peanuts Grow 

"Come, Kuve," Zira called to his 
sister. "Let's get the hoeing done 
before the sun gets high in the 

Kuve came out of her hut carry- 
ing her short-handled hoe. To- 
gether they walked down the path 
from their compound to the gar- 

As they hoed their father's gar- 
den they sang. They sang about 
a loving heavenly Father. They 
sang about a wonderful Savior, 
Jesus. They sang the songs they 
learned at church. 

When the native evangelist first 
came to their village, Father went 
to the meeting under the tree in 
the center of the village. The evan- 
gelist was friendly and kind. He 
told wonderful stories. 

When Father came home from 
the meeting under the tree he told 
Mother and the children about it. 
The next week when the evangel- 
ist returned, Mother, Kuve, and 
Zira went to the meeting, too. Since 
that time they had not missed a 
meeting. They listened; they re- 
membered; they talked about the 
things the evangelist taught. This 
new way of life was very different 
from the old. There would be times 
when it would be especially hard 
to live the Jesus way. But one day 
when the evangelist asked, "Are 
any of you now ready to let Jesus 
come into your hearts?" Father, 
Mother, Kuve, and Zira were among 
those who went to him and asked 
to be enrolled in the pre-baptism 
class. In this class they learned 
how to follow Jesus. 

That is why as they hoed the 
children sang songs about Jesus. 
They knew Him. They loved Him. 

As soon as they finished working 
in the family garden, Kuve said, 
"Now we must hoe our own little 
gardens. We want many peanuts to 
grow in them." 

January 19, 1963 


Pagfe Nine 

"Oh, yes," agreed Zira. "I have 
already decided what I will do 
with the money I get when I sell 
the peanuts." 

"What will you buy, Zira?" his 
sister wanted to know. 

"Father has said we may go to 
the mission school when it opens 
again. I want a new shirt to wear," 
declared Zira. 

"The mission school is five miles 
away. It will be a long walk each 
day, but I am anxious to go, too. 
I shall use the money from my pea- 
nuts to buy material for a dress," 
said Kuve. 

So for many days and weeks the 
children worked and sang and 

One Sunday they heard some ex- 
citing news at the meeting. The 
evangelist said, "If all of you will 
help, we will build a church in this 
village. We will buy the materials 
we need by selling the peanuts you 
bring as your offering two weeks 
from today. We will all get to- 
gether this week and mix mud for 
the walls. The women and children 
will carry water and the men will 
break up the ground with picks and 

Kuve and Zira could talk of noth- 
ing else that week! How wonder- 
ful it would be to have a church 
of their own! A church in which 
to worship God! 

The next day was market day. 
Mother tied baby Kw.aji on her 
back and she and Kuve started 
down the path with the other 
women of the village. Father and 
Zira would come later with the 
men. There was much laughing, 
talking, and singing as they all 
walked along. 

Kuve and Zira visited with their 
friends and looked at all the pretty 
things for sale. 

Mother bought a cooking pot. 
Father bought a hoe. Mother got 
some bean cakes to share with the 
women and children on the way 
home and also some dried fish to 
cook in the gravy for supper. 

As they walked along they talked 
happily of the things they had 

Kuve said, "I saw just the mate- 
rial I want to buy when I sell my 
peanuts. It's black with red and 
yellow flowers." 

"I saw some I would like for 
my shirt," said Zira. "It's striped 
with many colors." 

The next week the whole fam- 
ily worked harvesting the peanuts. 
One evening Father said, "Tomor- 
row we will go to church. Then the 
next day we will take our peanuts 
to market to sell." He and Mother 
talked about how many peanuts 
they would take to the meeting as 
their offering for the new church. 

When the family started for 
church the next day, Kuve and 
Zira were each carrying a basket on 
their heads. 

"Well, what have we here?" asked 

"These are our peanuts for the 
new church," explained Zira. 

"Yes," added Kuve. "We decided 
our village needs a church much 
more than we need new clothes. 
We already know the Savior Jesus 
and are going to school where we 
will learn even more about Him. 
We want more of our friends here 
at home to hear the wonderful 
story, too." 

Kuve and Zira felt happier than 
they ever had before. They had 
worked hard to grow the peanuts. 
Now they were giving them to be 
used in God's work. They were do- 
ing it because they loved Jesus 
and wanted others to learn to love 
Him, too. 

Yes, they were singing as they 
took their offering to church. 

Friendship Circle of Prayer: Let us 
thank God for the Bible which tells 
of His love. 

Let us ask Him to help the 
missionaries and teachers in Ni- 
geria to teach the boys and girls 
there of the Savior. 


1. Roll call and secretary's report 

2. Check Bible Reading. 

3. Remember our project. 

4. A Birthday to remember : 

Stephen Byler will be twelve 
years old on March 19. 

Handwork : A Framed Bible Picture 

For each child you will need two 
plain flat-edged paper plates, a pic- 
ture of Jesus teaching (from old 
calendars or Sunday School pap- 
ers) , crayons, paste, scissors and 

Place one plate right side up. 
Paste the picture in the center of it. 

Make a ribbon loop for a hanger. 
Paste it to the top edge. 

Turn the other plate upside down. 
Color the edge. Cut away the center 
section. Paste this "frame" to the 
first plate. The ribbon hanger will 
be secure between the plates. 

Encourage the Signal Lights to 
take their pictures home and hang 
them up. 

Signal Lights Benediction 

Fun At Home: A Patriotic Quiz 

February is often thought of as 
a patriotic month. See if you can 
answer these questions about our 
country. If you can't, ask Mother 
or Daddy or a big brother or sister 
to help you. 

1. What two presidents were born 
in February? 

2. What is the rest of the sent- 
ence found on coins, "In God 
we "? 

3. What is the name of the holi- 
day we celebrate on the Fourth 
of July? 

4. What is the name of Abraham 
Lincoln's most famous speech? 

5. Finish this pledge: "I pledge 
allegiance to the flag..." 

6. How many stripes are there in 
our flag? 

7. How many stars are there in 
our flag? 

8. Mount Vernon was the home 
of what great American? 

9. What is the name of the patri- 
otic song which contains the 
words, "Long may our land be 
bright with freedom's holy 

10. What city is the capital of 
our country? 

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The Brethren Evangelist 


Approximately 600,000 people at- 
tended meetings held by Evangel- 
ist Billy Graham in six South 
American cities during September 
and October, with 12,500 profes- 
sions of faith. 

A telecast during his final cam- 
paign in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 
also drew an estimated two and a 
half million listeners. 

The eight-day Buenos Aires Cam- 
paign, the last in the tour, drew 
about 240,000 persons, with 4,424 
making decisions. About 80,000 peo- 
ple attended the final service which 
was held in a large outdoor foot- 
ball stadium. 

The cities and countries which 
Graham visited in his month-long 
tour v/ere Sao-Paulo, Brazil; Asun- 
cion, Paraguay; Uruguay; and 
Buenos Aires, Argentina. Associate 
Evangelists preached in the Asun- 
cion, Cordoba, Rosario and Monte- 
video Campaigns with Graham giv- 
ing the closing messages in each. 

Our Brethren people and our mis- 
sionaries were involved in the cam- 
paigns in Cordoba, Rosario and in 
Buenos Aires. 

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January 19, 1963 


Recently some members have interpreted the postal 
card RECEIPTS, which the Missionary Board Office 
sends out, as new Ten Dollar Club calls. While the 


Left: Some of the members of Rob Byler's 900 
member choir. 

Lower left: Cliff Barrows directing the congrega- 
ional singing. Charles Ward on the other microphone 
is the interpreter. Graham standing on the left, Byler 
on the right. You can see the speaker columns cov- 
ering part of the sign "Camino Y" and above the 
word "Verdad" the two control rooms v/e were using. 

Right: The technical set-up at the outdoor sta- 
dium taken early in the meeting on Saturday. In the 
foreground is Daniel Masuello then Don Landaas, 
then Bill Fasig. John Rowsey is standing behind them 
with the radio contact with the P. A. system of the 
park and with Mr. Stacey who in all of the meetings 
was moving around checking for bad spots. In the 
outdoor stadium we used the speakers of the sta- 
dium and added to it with our own equipment to have 
good coverage. 

The man way on the end with the headphones was 
making a special recording for a filming company 
who filmed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to make a 
new Billy Graham film which will be centered around 
the B. A. campaign and will be in color, Spanish, and 
will be a dramatic story for use in Evangelism. 

Below: In the outdoor football stadium, "San 
Lorenzo". This was taken on Saturday of the people 
who had gone forward. There were many more than 
this on Sunday. You can see the choir in the back- 
ground under the Philishave sign. 

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card does not say that it is a receipt, it is simply 
that. New calls are made only by specific letters and 
only twice a year. 

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General Theme for the Year: "LIVING THE LIFE' 
Theme for February — "BY SERVING OTHERS" 

Writer for February — MRS. PHIL LERSCH 
February 8th through 14th — "Through Spiritual Sharing" 

Friday, February 8, 1963 
Read Scripture: Romans 15:1-6 

Scripture verse-. We then that 
are strong ought to hear the in- 
firmities of the weak, and not to 
please ourselves. Romans 15:1. 

Our pattern for living is Jesus 
Christ. He did not please Himself. 
He did not spend His life trying 
to get comfort and ease for Him- 
self. He bore His cross even as we 
are to bear the weaknesses of 

Criticism of others doesn't help 
them. Many times a patient wait- 
ing and loving will provide the right 
atmosphere for Christian growth. 
Fault-finding only puts others on 
the defensive. 

The Lord of glory laid aside His 
own rights for the good of man. 
Shall we His followers do less? 
Washington Gladden wrote in a 

O Master, let me walk with Thee 
In lowly paths of service free; 

Tell me Thy secret; Help me bear 
The strain of toil, the fret of 

Help me the slow of heart to move 

By some clear, winning word of 

Teach me the wayward feet to stay, 

And guide them in the homeward 


The Day's Thought 
Even Christ pleased not Himself. 

Saturday, February 9, 1963 
Read Scripture: Acts 10:34-43 

Scripture verse: And he com- 
manded us to preach to the people, 
and to testify that he is the one 
ordained by God to be judge of 
the living and the dead. Acts 10:42. 

We who know Jesus Christ are 
commanded to share Him ivith 
others. Peter, our example in this 
episode with Cornelius, is announc- 
ing the following good news: 

1. Jesus is God's gift to men. 

2. Jesus in His ministry was the 
Helper of men. 

3. Men crucified Jesus. 

4. Jesus rose again. 

5. The Christian preacher is a 
Witness of Jesus' resurrection. 

6. Jesus has renewed man's 
friendship with God by making for- 
giveness possible. 

Thank God our commission is to 
share good news. What a happy 
assignment ! 

The Day's Thought 
Let us share Christ with all we 

Sunday, February 10, 1963 

Read Scripture: Epheslans 4:1-3 
Scripture verse: I therefore, a 
prisoner for the Lord, beg you to 
lead a life worthy of the calling to 
which you have been called, with 
all lowliness and meekness, with 
patience, forbearing one another in 
love. Epheslans 4:1, 2. (RSV) 

Paul lists four Christian virtues. 
If we, God's elect, strive for these 
we will be sharing in the highest 
sense — sharing the unity which 
binds things together in peace. 

1. Christian humility comes 
when we see ourselves honestly in 
the light of Christ. When we re- 
alize our complete dependence up- 
on God, our utter inferiority to Je- 
sus Christ, and our very sinfulness 
we approach humility. 

2. Christian meekness comes 
when God has control of our lives. 
He holds the reins. We do not be- 
come angry when we ourselves are 
insulted but we are indignant at 
wrongs to others. 

3. Christian longsuffering comes 
when we have the patience towards 
our fellow men that God has shown 
to us. 

4. Christian love comes when 
we seek the highest good for every 

The Day's Thought 
"Self kills peace." 

Monday, February 11, 1963 
Read Scripture: Romans 12:15-18 

Scripture verse : Rejoice with 
those who rejoice, weep with those 
loho weep. Romans 12:15. (RSV) 

A little girl came home late for 
supper. Her mother, angry because 
of her seeming thoughtlessness, be- 
gan to scold her. 

"Why were you late?" she asked. 

"Janie's doll lost her arm and 
I was trying to help her put it 
back," the little girl replied. 

"You don't know how to fix the 
doll, do you?" asked her mother. 

"No, mommy, but I had to help 
her cry about it." 

Sometimes little children teach 
us lessons about living the life. 
We ought to save time to weep 
with some and rejoice with some. 
God gave us emotions to share 
with others. Even happiness in- 
creases when it is shared. 

The Day's Thought 
"May we, with Thee, O Lord, Each 

other's sorrows share; 
Let each his friendly aid afford. 

And feel his brother's care." 

Tuesday, February 12, 1963 
Read Scripture: Acts 3:1-10 

Scripture verse: But Peter said, 
"I have no silver and gold, but I 
give you what I have." Acts 3:6. 

How wonderfully Peter shared 
with the lame man. He had no 
money. If we would be in that 
predicament (and very few of us 
are) we would be apologetic or 
bitter. What a poor witness it is 
when Christians get together and 
discuss how poor they are, what 
they cannot afford. 

Peter and John had no money, 
yet they gave something better — 
the gift of healing. As Christians 
we are rich. We share with Christ 
in the riches of eternal glory. What 
more could we want? What better 
to share? 

The Day's Thought 
We are joint-heirs with Christ. 

January 19, 1963 

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Wednesday, February 13, 1963 
Read Scripture: Romans 12:9-13 
Scripture verse: Be kindly affec- 
tioned one to another with broth- 
erly love; in honour preferring one 
another. Romans 12:10. 

Members of a family love one 
another. Paul reminded us that we 
who are Christians are a family. 
God is our Father. We are not 
merely a collection of acquain- 
tances. Neither are we only close 
friends. WE ARE A FAMILY. Ev- 
eryone who has ever claimed Christ 
as Savior is in the family. 

This reminder speaks to us in our 
local churches, in our denomina- 
tion and in our world brotherhood. 
We must give ourselves to the task 
of giving others first place. We 
Christians have no business seek- 
ing top priority for ourselves. We 
must seek it first for the others 
in the family. The hymn of John 
Oxenham states it, 
In Christ shall true hearts every- 
where Their high communion 
His service is the golden cord Close- 
binding all mankind. 

Join hands, then brothers of the 
faith, Whate'er your race may be; 

Who serves the Father as a son Is 
surely kin to me. 

The Day's Thought 
"To worship rightly is to love 
each other." Whittier. 

Thursday, February 14, 1963 

Read Scripture: Galatians 6:1-5 

Scripture verse: Bear ye one 
another's burdens, and so fulfil the 
laio of Christ. Galatians 6:2. 

The best Christian can slip and 
make a mistake. When such hap- 
pens others in the family of God 
have an opportunity to exercise 
real love. Instead of standing off 
in critical contempt, we are to re- 
store that one. When a brother 
falls, we are to help him back 
on his feet again. 

In our attitudes we must con- 
sider our own failure. We too have 
fallen short many times. Let us 
keep ourselves in proper perspec- 
tive by comparing ourselves with 
our potential, not with our brother. 

Ruth Statler wrote this verse in 
a hymn: 

Mystic love expressed in living, Love 
that lives in sharing, 

Love that feeds and warms a broth- 
er, Mutual burdens bearing. 

Flame within each human breast 
Until all the earth shall be 

One vast fellowship in Christ, 
Drawing men together. 

The Day's Thought 
"We share each other's woes, 
each other's burdens bear..." 


WASHINGTON, D.c. (EP) — The Fed- 
eral Communications Commission 
has warned radio and television 
station licensees that broadcasting 
of advertisement or information 
concerning "any lottery, gift enter- 
prise, or similar scheme, offering 
prizes dependent in whole or in 
part on lot or chance" is prohibited 
by law and will be vigorously en- 

Violations can result in revoca- 
tion of broadcast license, the FCC 
warned. "Any station which may 
have been broadcasting such ad- 
vertisements in the mistaken be- 
lief it was permissible should im- 
mediately terminate this practice." 

It said advertising of bingo games 
or lotteries is illegal even if such 
enterprises are legal in the state 
where the broadcast originates. The 
law applies to lotteries sponsored 
by charitable organizations as well 
as those conducted by profit-mak- 
ing enterprises. 

Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Cari H. Phillips 

Topics copyrighted by the International Council of 
Religious Education. Used by permission. 

Lesson for Januai'y 27, 1963 


Text: Mark 4:10-20, 33-34 

AT ABOUT THIS TIME in Jesus' ministry there 
were those who began to be hardened against 
Him and to resist His work. At this time Jesus began 
to use the parabolic method in preaching. "With- 
out a parable spake He not unto them" (Mark 4:34). 
At the first glance at Mark 4:11, 12 one might as- 
sume two things; that Jesus did not actually say 
these words (which we know is not true) or that He 
did say them but with the intention of preventing 
people from being converted. Jesus did say these 
words. To say that He did not want to convert peo- 
ple would be to contradict the very purpose for which 
He came into the world — Matt. 18:11. 

Why The Parable? 

The parable is a method of teaching to bring to 
light hidden mysteries and to clarify doctrines of 
God — Matt. 13:10-13. Parables add to the knowledge 
of those who already have spiritual understanding — 
Matt. 13:12, Mark 4:13. Jesus (Mark 4:13) is indi- 
cating that an understanding of this particular par- 
able will give understanding of all other parables. 

The parables have an adverse effect upon certain 
people. The clear revelation of God has two effects 
upon men. To those who believe, it is the power of 
God unto salvation. To those who become evil, close 
their eyes to the truth and desire not to be converted, 
the Gospel becomes words of Judgment — Matt. 13: 
14-16. The stony and thorny hearts are this way 
because such people want them this way. Making no 
effort or having no desire to change or be changed, 
Satan takes the Word away, or the cares of the world 
grow up and choke out the Word — Matt. 23:37. The 
writer of Hebrews had very hard words to say about 
those who turned back from God — Heb. 6:1-8. The 
truth is made plain by the parables. When anyone 
has in mind that he does not want to understand 
the truth then he really has no understanding. Doubt- 
less such a person knows very well that what he has 
heard could well save him, but refusing to hear he 
senses that it also condemns him because he has 
rejected truth. 

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Devotional Program for February 


General Theme: "Living the Life" General Theme: "Portrait of Christ" 

February Theme: "Your Possessions" February Theme: "Goodness" 

Call to Worship: "O Lord our Lord, 
how excellent is thy name in all 
the earth! who hast set thy 
glory above the heavens." 

Hymn Service: / Ain Thine, Liv- 
ing for Jesus, Now I Belong to 
Jesus, I Would Be True, and My 
Jesus I Love Thee 

Poem: "Follow Me" 

Scriptm-e: Matt. 19:16-26 

Prayer : 

Seniors: Your Possessions 
Juniors: Goodness 

Hymn: / Surrender All 

Bible Study: The Bible Story 

Business Meeting: In order to 
meet Goal No. 11 every member 
of your society must have The 
Brethren Evangelist available for 
her use. This is so she can use 
the devotional material in it and 
read the Sisterhood news every 
week. Check now to see how many 
girls receive it in their homes and 
make plans for those girls who do 
not presently get it to be able to 
get old issues from families in the 
church. As long as it is possible 
for every girl to read the Evan- 
gelist every week, you have met 
the goal. Also it is time to be plan- 

ning the ways your society is going 
to earn money for the projects. 
There were several ideas men- 
tioned in last week's Sisterhood 
page so get it out and examine 
them. Emphasize the Bible Study in 
your meeting. If you don't have time 
to study it as a group, urge the 
girls to do it on their own. 

Theme Song: With Eternity's Val- 
ues In View 

Sisterhood Song: Spirit of Sister- 

S. M. M. Benediction 




Rev. Jerry Flora 


thing about the Bible, but 
they have no idea how it all fits 
together. Who came first — Abra- 
ham or Moses? Were the apostles 
and the epistles relatives? Why was 
king David so important? 

Questions like these won't bother 
you if you have an over-all view 
of the Bible story. In studying a 
textbook you're supposed to skim 
each chapter first, then go back 
and read it carefully. But in read- 
ing the Bible many people turn 

things around and try to read here 
and there without first getting a 
bird's eye picture of the story as 
a whole. 

For a book as large as the Bible 
(three-quarters of a million words) 
and covering as much time (well 
over 2,000 years) this over-all view 
is indispensable. Let's see if we 
can sketch very briefly the plot 
of the story. To make it easier to 
follow, important names are print- 
ed in italics so that you can spot 
them first. At the conclusion of the 

outline are some Bible references 
so that you can read basic pas- 
sages for yourself if you want to. 

But don't read this just once 
and then stop there. Go over it and 
over it until you can tell without 
hesitating who comes where in 
the story. If you master the out- 
line of the plot you'll be well on 
your way to understanding the 
book. Ready? 


(A) In the beginning God cre- 
ated the heaven and the earth. 

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The world began by the decision 
and act of God. The Bible does 
not say how or when the uni- 
verse came into being — that is the 
task of science. 

(B) Adam (man) was the last 
and highest of God's earthly crea- 
tion. He alone was made in the 
image of God. Adam had to choose 
whether he would become holy or 
sinful. By disobeying God and fol- 
lowing Satan, he brought sin into 
the world. 

(C) Noah was Adam's descen- 
I dant through his son Seth. The 

world became so wicked in his 
i day that God decided to destroy 
it. He saved Noah and his family 
in the ark when He purged the 
earth by the Flood. 

(D) Abraham was Noah's de- 
; scendant through his son Shem — 

he was a Semite. God promised to 
bless him and to bless the world 
through his descendants who would 
live in the land of Canaan. Abra- 
ham staked his life on the word 
of God. Because he clung to God's 
promises in faith, he is called the 
father of all who believe. 

Isaac, Abraham's son, continued 
in his father's footsteps by trust- 
ing in God. 

{£) Jacob, Abraham's grand- 
son, though a man of many sins, 
also believed God's promises. His 
name was changed to Israel, and 
his twelve sons became the fathers 
of the twelve tribes of Israel. In 
his old age he moved to Egypt 
where his son Joseph was a ruler. 

(F) The Hebrew nation of Is- 
rael was born when Moses led Ja- 
cob's descendants out of Egypt, 
through the Sinai peninsula, and 
into the promised land of Canaan 
or Palestine. This journey (the Ex- 
odus) was accomplished by a series 
of supernatural events which the 
Israelites never forgot — especially 
the making of the covenant ( sacred 
agreement) at Mount Sinai. 

This covenant or testament re- 
constituted God's promises to Abra- 
ham on a national basis. By virtue 
of it Israel became the people of 
God, and He became their only 
Lord in a more profound sense than 

The Israelites settled in Canaan 
and lived for several centuries in a 
loose federation of tribes before 
becoming a monarchy. 

(G) The house of David came 
to be the ruling dynasty in Jeru- 
salem, the capital city. David was 
the most godfearing king the na- 
tion had, and it was predicted that 
his line would reign forever. 

(H) The faithful remnant con- 
tinued true to the word of God 
as contained in the covenant, even 
though most of David's descen- 
dants fell away and embraced pa- 
ganism. At one time Elijah thought 
he was the only true Israelite left, 
but he learned that there were at 
least seven thousand. 

Eventually the kingdom fell and 
many of the citizens were exiled 
to Babylon. When Persia conquered 
Babylon the Hebrews (by then 
called Jews) were allowed to return 
home. A small number went back 
and tried to set up a kingdom un- 
der the worship of the God of 
Abraham, Moses, David, and Elijah. 
They were so weak that it was easy 
for the Roman Empire to take 
them over. 


(/) Jesus Christ was born in 
Palestine about '7-5 B. C, and was 
executed in 30 A. D. As a traveling 
rabbi He spent several years 
preaching, teaching, and healing. 
His attitudes and actions stirred 
up so much opposition that the 
Jewish leaders finally demanded 
His death; but within days of His 
crucifixion word spread that He 
had risen from the dead. His 
closest friends, who had deserted 
Him, after seeing Him alive became 
courageous and effective preachers. 
As they thought about Him they 
saw Him as the son of David, the 
promised king. They saw Him as 
the seed of Abraham, the blessing 
of all nations. They saw Him as 
the second Adam, choosing holiness 
rather than sin, living and dying 
in perfect love. They saw Him as 
the divine Son of God, their liber- 
ating Savior and sovereign Lord. 

(J) The Christian Church be- 
gan after Jesus left the earth, when 
God's Spirit gave special power to 
His closest disciples. They banded 
together to live as followers of Je- 
sus, who for them was the climax 
of all God's promises and actions. 
They felt themselves to be a new 
Israel unbounded by national or 

racial limits, the people of God in 
the present age. 

Today the Church is a worldwide 
movement of people who come to 
God through Jesus Christ and live 
under His Lordship. 

(K) At the end of this age 
Jesus Christ will return to earth 
in power and great glory. He will 
resurrect the dead, judge men's 
lives, and rule the world. This will 
be a time of terror for those who 
have ignored or opposed Him, but 
for His faithful followers it will 
be a time of joy and victory. In 
connection with His return God 
will again purge the earth as in 
the days of Noah — but this time by 
fire. Satan and all who sided with 
him against God will be consigned 
to hell, separated forever from God 
and His people. 

(L) The Bible closes with a 
vision of a new heaven and a new 
earth. In this universe God's peo- 
ple of all ages will live in freedom 
and peace with the Creator. They 
will know Him, love Him, and obey 
Him — as Adam failed to do. 

As with the beginning, the Bible 
does not say how or when this 
will happen. It only says that God 
will do it, just as He has done ev- 
erything else so far. 


iA) In the beginning: Genesis 
1:1—2:3; Job 38-39; Psalm 104. 

(B) Adam: Genesis 2:4 — 3:24; 
Romans 5:12-21. 

(C) Noah: Genesis 6-9. 

(D) Abraham: Genesis 12, 15, 
17; Romans 4. 

(E) Jacob: Genesis 28, 32, 35. 

(F) The Hebrew nation: Exodus 
1-24; Psalms 78, 106. 

(G) The house of David: 2 
Samuel 7; Psalm 89. 

(H) The faithful remnant: 1 
Kings 18-19; Daniel 1, 3, 6. 

(/) Jesus Christ: the four Gos- 
pels; Acts 2:22-36; 10:34-43; 13: 

(7) The Christian Church: Acts 
1:1 — 2:21; Ephesians 1-3. 

[K) The end of this age: Mat- 
thew 24-25; 2 Peter 3; Revelation 

(L) The Bible closes: Revela- 
tion 21-22. 

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Mrs. Elton E. Whitted 

WRITING about your posses- 
sions has been one of the 
hardest tasks I have ever tried to 
do. Oh, I know the "right" an- 
swers. Everything we have comes 
from God so we should return a 
part to God because we love Him 
and owe it to Him to use His 
things well. But have you ever 
tried to figure out just what you 
do own or possess? And have you 
ever tried to figure out just how 
you go about paying God His share 
or using wisely the possessions He 
has given you? Try it. You'll see 
what I mean. 

I thought I'd be very smart and 
put my ideas in clever form. This 
is what I came up with. (Not very 
smart, and not very clever.) 
You — as an individual human 
being, are a V. I. P. (very 
important person) , a B. 
M. O. C. (big man on cam- 
pus) , a woman of dis- 
Own — by right of this distinc- 
tion, you own many things 
over which you have com- 
plete control and for 
which you have full re- 
Unrestricted — by anything or 
anyone save the essential 
nature of this world in 
which we live. 
Reality — including both the 
things we can see and 
those we cannot see — the 
finite and the infinite. 
S elf. 
E nlightenment, 
S tudy. 
O thers' 
N eeds. 

You can see that I found so many 
angles to this supposedly simple 
subject that I have been wander- 
ing around in a fog. The topic 
simply won't jell. Perhaps together 
we can explore a couple of the 
angles, and you can explore the 
rest yourself. 

First, I suppose, would be the 
job of trying to figure out just 
what we do possess. You may not 
think you own much, but I'll bet 
if you really list all the things you 
have in your house and at school 
that are yours, you will be sur- 
prised. You may even get to the 
stage I am in. I can't get away from 
the "things" that make up this 
world. Something is always needing 
to be washed or moved or curled 
or cooked or read or sewed or put 
away or gotten out. This can be 
a nuisance when you have some- 
thing else you would rather do. 

This brings up one of the ideas 
I have been exploring. Possessions 
are "things" — things made up of 
the matter of our world. Some we 
can see, and some we cannot see. 
You can see a book, but not the 
ideas it explains. An electric light 
but not the current that makes 
it work. A coin, but not the value 
it has. A dress, but not the power 
that grew the cotton or the silk- 
worm. A clock, but not the time it 
measures. You can see things but 
not the brains that develop them. 

We can know about these things 
we cannot see, but Jt is difficult 
to know them and we must know 
them to use them wisely and with 
appreciation. If we let our interest 
be only in the things we can see, 
we'll never get really interested in 
the things we cannot see. We will 
see the book but never use the ideas 
it tells about; We will see the light 
bulb but never wonder how it 
works; use the coin but never un- 
derstand its value; wear the dress 

but have no appreciation of its 
beauty; watch the clock but waste 
its time. 

Reluctantly I come to the conclu- 
sion that I own far more than 
I thought. My ideas, my time, my 
appearance, my manner — these too 
are my possessions. Oh, yes! one 
more thing — my potential — what I 
might become if I try. These are 
my possessions, right now; I don't 
have to wait to get them. I have 
them, and while it is fun to have 
things, it is also something of a 

Right here is a trouble spot. Be- 
cause I am a human being I have 
been given the job of managing 
the things of this world God cre- 
ated. But when I don't understand 
how these things work, I can't use 
them very well. So my job becomes 
one of finding out how this world 
works. I study science to try to 
understand what I can see, and 
I study art and music to try to un- 
derstand what I cannot see, and I 
turn to Jesus to try to understand 
how the two worlds — the finite and 
the infinite — are really one. 

Jesus came to this earth and 
started His Church so people could 
get to know God, not just know 
about Him. Jesus told us how to 
think, how to spend our time, how 
to act. If we truly want to get to 
know God and become whole peo- 
ple, not just part people, we must 
stay close to Christian experience. 
Jesus explained how to do this. 

He told the rich young man to 
get rid of his material things so he 
could see past them to the unseen 
things that could really satisfy 
him. It is very difficult to be aware 
of the unseen things when you are 
so busy taking care of the seen 

Try an experiment. Pick out three 
outfits that you feel good in. Wear 
them for one week, taking good 

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care of them. Did you save any 
time? Did you feel a little less 
burdened with washing and iron- 

Or put away everything in your 
room for a week. Save any time? 
Cleaning? What did you really have 
to get out? Read your Bible in the 
time you saved. 

Put your money away. Hunt for 
things to do that don't cost any- 
thing. Eat Mom's milk and crackers, 
apples and oranges. Play those kid 
games you used to play. See if you 
can think of something nice to do 
for someone else. Not buy — DO! 
Give the money you save to Sis- 
terhood for the Mission Project. 

We see that "things" can be a 
nuisance; they take too much time 

and effort for what they are worth. 
Yet Jesus also told a story about 
the man who managed his money 
to produce more money. God ex- 
pects us to use the world He gave 
us. All of it — the things we can 
see and the things we cannot see. 
If we use these well, we live as 
God expected us to live; if not, 
we don't. 

"Things" are the tools the Chris- 
tian uses to build the church Jesus 
started. God created the tools. Je- 
sus came to Earth to show us the 
blueprint. Man has the job of build- 
ing. All this information is included 
in one book. We can use the book 
itself to hold down, or prop up, 
or throw, or look at, or to All a 
shelf or shut out an atom blast 

(which I hear books are good for) . 
Or we can use its ideas to do some- 
thing, — build a building or build a 
spiritual church or even stop the 
blast by firing minds to work for 
peace. God doesn't compel us to 
do any of these things. He just 
tells us that if we want to live 
well, we must do it in a certain 
way — by using "things" as they 
were designed to be used. 

What tools have you learned to 
use just for Jesus and His Church? 
For one week pray to be shown how 
you can help with your possessions. 
And don't back off from the chances 
which come to you. They will help 
you to become the person God 
meant you to be. Let me know 
how things turn out. 



Mrs. Virgil Barnhart 

THIS ARTICLE I am writing for 
the Sisterhood girls will be 
:one concerning the fruits of the 
: Spirit. All you girls should be in- 
tterested and concerned regarding 
(these teachings. You have been 
: studying the fruits of the Spirit 
[that it tells us about in Galatians 
; 5:22-23, as follows; "But the fruit 
of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, 
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, 
! faith, meekness, and temperance." 
This article will deal with the one 
fruit of the Spirit entitled, "Good- 
ness." This will enable you to study 
on this one particular trait for this 
month. In studying this subject of 
goodness, we want to present it, 
not necessarily as a trait to work 
for, but as a characteristic that 
shows when Christ is the center of 
our lives. This can happen in our 
lives if we definitely put Christ 
' first in our daily thoughts, man- 
ners, actions, and speech. 

In Psalm 86:5, we find that the 
i Divine Word of God says, "For 

Thou, Lord, art Good." One of the 
earliest teachings in our young 
lives that we are told from His 
Holy Word is that, "God is good." 
If we take G-O-D out of GOOD, 
you will see that there is nothing 
(O) left. This illustrates to us how 
important goodness should be and 
can be in our lives if we allow God 
His proper place. This is definitely 
known that He should be the very 
center of our lives. Often times we 
are a bit slow to admit to our- 
selves and to those we come in 
contact with daily that God is cen- 
ter of our thoughts and actions. 
Girls, never be afraid to admit that 
you want Goodness to be a quality 
of your character and mind. Also 
that you want other girls to see 
how wonderful it is to live a Christ- 
centered, goodness-filled, fruit-of- 
the-Spirit Christian life. How can 
we do less when God has done so 
much more? 

In Psalm 119:68, we read, "Thou 
art good, and doest good; teach 

me thy statutes." Here David states 
in a definite manner his feelings 
and his findings concerning the 
goodness of God. He also asks to 
be taught God's statutes, and 
David realizes the importance that 
goodness will always be in his liv- 
ing. How wonderful it is to know 
that the Lord is concerned about 
our goodness and how it will be 
used from day to day. Psalm 143:10, 
"Teach me to do thy will; for thou 
art my God: thy Spirit is good; 
lead me into the land of upright- 
ness." Notice that in the preceed- 
ing verses as well as in the follow- 
ing ones that the triune of God is 
welded together on this subject of 
goodness. This is as it should be 
concerning, "God, the Father", "Je- 
sus, the Son", and "The Holy Spir- 
it." They all emphasize goodness 
in our lives. 

Another meaning of goodness is 
virtue. In II Peter 1:3-5, read and 
study the following scripture. Verse 
3. "According as his divine power 

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hath given unto us all things that 
pertain unto life and godliness, 
through the knowledge of him that 
hath called us to glory and virtue; 
Verse 4. Whereby are given unto 
us exceeding great and precious 
promises: that by these ye might 
be partakers of the divine nature, 
having escaped the corruption that 
is in the world through lust. Verse 
5. And beside this, giving all dili- 
gence, add to your faith virtue; 
and to virtue knowledge." 

Now that you have read it, let's 
study these passages. Notice this 
is a divine gift of His power and 
concerns life and godliness through 
teachings of Him that calls us to 
account for our daily living. That 
if we heed His word and way of 
life, we are promised that we can 
share divine life, and thus be able 
to escape or put off the corruption 
and lust that is thrust upon us 
at all times. If we are diligent (on 
our toes, mentally and spiritually) 
we can add virtue to our faith 
and knowledge to our virtue. 
Temptation and Sin can be de- 
feated by the blessed and Holy 
Word of God, our heavenly Father. 
Goodness can and will come into 
our lives if we so desire, and if we 
will try to fulfill God's manifesta- 
tions that have been passed down 
to us through the Bible. God is 
eternal, and so are His Word, His 
will and His Way of life. Living 
every day for Jesus brings joy, a 
great feeling of peace, and a sense 
of goodness to our lives. 

In Romans 11:22 we are told to 
behold (notice) the goodness and 
sovereignty of God. We are further 
told that if we do not fall (or fail) 
and continue in His goodness that 
we will have this goodness given 
to us and we will not be separated 
for cut off) . Isn't it wonderful to 
know that God loves us so much, 
and forgives us through His Son, 
and has a comforter for us, that 
His goodness will surround us en- 
tirely? Praise God for His riches, 
his blessings, and His eternal life 
that can be ours as the most won- 
derful gift ever known. Look up 
Psalm 52:1 and you will read that 
the "Goodness of God" endureth 

In Romans 2:4 we are told that 
the Goodness of God leadeth thee 
to repentance. Are you willing to 
abide by this, believe this, and then 
let the Lord have reign in your 
heart, mind, and soul? This good- 
ness can and will be yours if your 
decision is for Christ and His way 
of life. This goodness can be in 
your attitude toward your fam- 
ily, friends, and strangers. It will 
be shown by your interest in other 
people's lives and their welfare. 
This goodness will come automati- 
cally when Christ is the center of 
your life. Will you put Him there 

In closing, open your Bibles to 
Psalm 23:6. "Surely goodness and 
mercy shall follow me all the days 
of my life: and I will dwell in the 
house of the Lord for ever." Isn't 
this a wonderful thought to know 
that we can have this by saying, 
"I am Thine, O Lord"? Dedicate 
your life to being one of God's 
Children from now on. 

May the Lord bless you in your 
endeavors for Him. Amen. 

Germantown, Ohio. 


Lord, I would follow, but — 
First, I would see the end of this 

high road 
That stretches straight before me, 

fair and broad; 
So clear the way I cannot go astray. 
It surely leads me equally to God. 

Lord, I would follow, — yea, 

Follow I will, — but first so much 
there is 

That claims me in life's vast emer- 
gencies, — 

Wrongs to be righted, great things 
to be done; 

Shall I neglect these vital urgen- 

Who answers Christ's insistent call 
Must give himself, his life, his all, 
Without one backward look. 
Who sets his hand unto the plow, 
And glances back with anxious 

His calling hath mistook. 
Christ claims him wholly for his 

He must be Christ's, and Christ's 


John Oxenham. 


NEW YORK (EP) — The Ford Foun- 
dation has announced grants to- 
taling $690,000 for two South 
American Catholic universities. 

A $450,000 grant to the Pontifical 
Catholic University of Chile will 
finance a development program in 
mathematical and physical sci- 
ences, in which student enrollment 
is expected to double to a total 
of 800 in the next five years. 

These funds will be used to de- 
velop a full-time staff in the sci- 
ences and engineering, and to pro- 
vide staff training for faculty mem- 
bers in the U. S. 

The other grant totaling $240,- 
000 was awarded to the Catholic 
University Andres Bello in Vene- 
zuela for its faculties of engineer- 
ing and social sciences. 

Funds there will be used for 
laboratory eciuipment and the ser- 
vices of three full-time engineering 
professors as well as for library 

development and advance training 
in the social sciences. 

In addition, the Foundation an- 
nounced that a $20,000 grant had 
been given to the Catholic Near 
East Welfare Association, with 
headquarters in New York, for con- 
ferences to be held at Bouake in 
the Ivory Coast on the place of 
Islam and African religions in Af- 
rican development and on Chris- 
tianity and religious syncretism in 


NEW YORK (EP) — The Bible is now 
available in 48 African languages, 
the New Testament in an additional 
96, and single gospels and other 
portions in another 184; but the 
huge task of translating the Bible 
into some 800 additional African 
tongues is only half finished, ac- 
cording to the Rev. Maynard Booth, 
Secretary of the Bible Societies in' 
the Rhodesias. 

January 19, 1963 

Page Nineteen 



Mrs. Elton E. Whitted 

Living the Life ^Through Publications" 

■•I !_ • 

Dear M. E. W.; 

That sure is a highfallutin topic 
you have laid out for this month's 
: page. All this talk about imaginary 
things — living the life by letting 
I Christ live in you — is kind of far 
fetched you must admit. But you 
don't need to think that you Breth- 
ren writers are the only ones who 
I know about such things. We print- 
ers have our imaginary things, too. 
You know! the things that no one 
can see but that everyone knows 
are there. 

I'm kind of imaginary. How about 
letting me tell you what I think? 

You want to know about Breth- 
ren publications? I'll tell you about 
Brethren publications. The world 
needs 'em. You get so steamed up 
about the Brethren Church need- 
ing the EVANGELIST. Well I've 
been around, and I'm telling you 
that the people of the whole world 
need it. 

The people need to hear about 
Jesus Christ. Radios will get them 
interested. Bibles will nourish them 
spiritually. But when it comes to 
living as well as they can on this 
crazy planet of ours, they need kind 
of a newsy, nosey paper to read and 
think about and write to. Newsy 
in the sense that it tells what other 
Christian people are doing; and 
nosey in that it says, "Come join 
us, Brother! Get in on the fun." 

Now you guys do a pretty fair 
job on the facts of the news. And 
you do an excellent job on the in- 
spiration. But on the give and 
take between churches and indi- 
viduals you kind of fluff. I'm not 
sure whether you are scared of 
controversy, or just don't care, or 
are so modest you don't think you 
can write. 

If you could just use your maga- 
zine to get to know one another 

better, you would have an impor- 
tant problem solved. That is what 
this shrinking world needs. The 
grapevine told me about a guy who 
liked being in a group where no 
one got mad or said a cross word 
even though the people didn't agree 
on all things. And about the lady 
who said, "You all seem to have 
such a good time together." Share 

Yes, MEW, I know you're thinking 
that we printers could use some 
of this sweetness and light I'm talk- 
ing about. There is something pe- 
culiar about the printing trade. We 
printers are proud of our craft, and 
we have trouble remembering that 
we just print the words that some- 
one else writes. You see for a long 
time we worked alone, writing and 
printing; now with departmentali- 
zation (a nice word if you can spell 
it!) we have to learn the lesson 
we all must learn : to work together 
— yes, even to help each other to 
produce a perfect product. 'Taint 
easy, 'taint easy! 

We don't live in a wide world 
where a man can be a law unto 
himself any more. When I louse 
up the type and the copy boy 
smears the proof, someone in Po- 
dunk Corners gets the old run- 
around and first thing you know, 
the brethren are going up in smoke. 
Just like Castro and Khru and 

One more little tidbit. Before I 
put this run to bed, I ought to get 
onto the subject of distribution. A 
product is only as good as its dis- 
tribution, and frankly, MEW, Evan- 
gelist distribution is lousy! (Excuse 
the word — I'm really not trying to 
advertise) That new promotion 
committee is unmercifully slow in 
carrying out its ideas. You need a 
lot more speed. See if you can't 

get more help out in the churches. 
There's where your trouble is. You 
can't do the world any good if you 
never give it a chance to see our 
product. Get those papers into the 
public eye. 

Oh, I've heard the classic story 
about the EVANGELISTS that find 
the post office wastebaskets. SO — ? 
As I understand it, this man Jesus 
never let a little thing like that 
stop Him. He just kept on doing 
His job and let God worry about the 
results. If you are sure the Breth- 
ren Evangelist has something that 
people need to hear, you just keep 
on sending it to them, or to others 
that they might hear. 

This typewriter ribbon is getting 
mighty dull. This literary stuff is 
wearing. I believe it is easier to 
pi the type than it is to think it 
up. So I'll get back to my job and 
let you have yours back. Happy 
New Year! 

From your friend, 
Ty Plice. 


LONDON, ONT. (Ep) — The general 
council of the United Church of 
Canada has urged a liberalization 
of Canadian divorce laws to in- 
clude grounds other than adultery. 

The "other grounds" would be 
(1) desertion for three years, (2) 
gross cruelty (both physical and 
mental), and (3) insanity that 
can not be cured after five years 
of treatment. 

The council said the present law 
recognizing only adultery as 
grounds for divorce actually en- 
couraged adultery or falsification 
of adultery evidence. 

Page Twenty 

The Brethren Evangelist 

' Yoiith 


by Jean Lersch 

"bugs" you? What seems to 
go against your grain? What ruffles 
your fur? Or is there nothing like 
that for you? Is everything that 
happens all right with you? Does 
nothing upset you? These questions 
certainly imply two extremes in at- 
titude. Let us imagine two young 
people to fit into these opposite 

Irritable Ilga is always upset 
about something. Her sisters and 
parents bother her because they 
are always "at" her about some- 
thing. Her teachers annoy her be- 
cause they expect perfection and 
are never satisfied. The other kids 
in the church youth group "bug" 
her because they are always goofing 
off and take nothing seriously. The 
kids at school make her mad be- 
cause they think only of having 
fun and do not give church a sec- 
ond thought. The Sisterhood girls 
upset her because they will never 
do anything and she has to do 
all of the work if the organization 
is to amount to anything. 

Then there is Placid Petunia. 
Nothing ever bothers her. In fact 
one wonders if anything ever gets 
to her. She agrees with everybody. 
Always smiling, she must be where 
the "other kids" are at all times. 
She does what her parents insist 
just to keep peace. When the other 
kids in the youth group misbehave, 

she simply smiles. She tries to stay 
with the other kids from church 
because it is easier that way and 
she does not have to disagree with 
anybody. She lets others volunteer 
for jobs so that she will not get 
too involved. 

These two cases are sufficiently 
exaggerated that I hope we have 
neither "Irritable Ilgas" nor "Placid 
Petunias" in Brethren Youth. But 
they do present the problem. The 
problem of being bothered. We are 
all bothered by something. There 
is something that rubs us the wrong 
way. What "bugs" us is the im- 
portant factor in determining our 
spiritual maturity. Yes, that which 
upsets us and why it does is a 
pretty good measuring stick of our 
Christian stature. 

Going back to "Irritable Ilga" — 
the cause of her annoyances is her 
self-centeredness. Her family and 
teachers bring to her attention her 
own limitations and this she does 
not like to admit. The fact that she 
is put upon to carry more than her 
share of the load in the youth 
activities upsets her because of the 
injustice to herself. Ilga has a case 
of stunted Christian growth. She 
will remain a dwarf Christian if 
she continues being bothered be- 
cause of her self-centeredness. 

Actually "Placid Petunia" is self- 
centered too because she does not 
want to come out of her own shell 

long enough to get involved with 
anyone or anything besides her 
own comfort and sense of well- 
being. She, too, is a Christian dwarf. 
She does not bother herself with 
anyone or anything besides herself. 

When Jesus, the Son of God, lived 
here He was bothered about some 
things. Listen to His words of re- 
proach to some of the religious 
leaders of the day: "Woe to you 
Pharisees! for you tithe mint and 
rue and every herb, and neglect 
justice and the love of God; these 
you ought to have done, without 
neglecting the others. Woe to you 
Pharisees! for you love the best 
seat in the synagogues and saluta- 
tions in the market places. Woe 
to you! for you are like graves 
which are not seen, and men walk 
over them without knowing it." 
"Woe to you lawyers also! for you 
load men with burdens hard to 
bear, and you yourselves do not 
touch the burdens with one of your 
fingers." (RSV) . 

Why was Jesus bothered by these 
Pharisees and lawyers? It was not 
because of Himself. He was con- 
cerned because these false leaders 
were mistreating and misleading 
others. Instead of using their posi- 
tions of influence to guide others 
in God's way, they were preoccu- 
pied with the keeping of rules. This 
bothered Jesus and He did some- 
thing about it. 

January 19, 1963 

Page Twenty-one 

Another cause of concern of Je- 
sus was His disciples' lack of faith 
and wrong emphasis. Remember the 
man who brought his son to the 
disciples to be healed and they 
could not. When Jesus arrived and 
learned of their lack, these were 
His words: "O faithless and per- 
verse generation, how long am I 
to be with you and bear with you?" 
(RSV) . Another time the disciples 
wanted to get revenge when a vil- 
lage of the Samaritans would not 
receive them. James and John said, 
"Lord, do you want us to bid fire 
come down from heaven and con- 
sume them?" (RSV). Jesus turned 
and rebuked them for this. He was 
concerned by their lack of under- 
standing of His way. 

Jesus was not bothered by His 
own lack of comfort or being put 
upon by others. Many times when 
He would have preferred being 
alone He was followed and pressed 
in on by the crowd but this did 
not bother Him because Jesus was 
not self-centered. 

As we let Jesus move into our 
lives more and more, we will cease 
being annoyed by our own discom- 
forts. He will convert our being 
bothered. He will change it into 
CONCERN for the well-being of 
others but most of all He will turn 
it into a drive for bringing His 
Kingdom on earth. As we let Jesus 
direct our lives He will help us look 
beyond the annoying things other 
people do to search for why they 
do them. The reason why usually 
boils down to their lack of knowing 
and following Him. Jesus Christ 
living in us will become concerned 
about injustice and unrighteous- 
ness around us and will not let 
us rest until we have done some- 
thing about it. 

As Christ has more and more 
control of our lives and as our 
being bothered by disturbances is 
changed to a concern or compas- 
sion, we will grow up into Him. 
Take stock of what bothers you. 
If the cause is your self-centered- 
ness, you are not growing. Ask the 
Lord to take this ability to be dis- 
contented with your surroundings 
and use it for His purposes. If noth- 
ing bothers you, ask Him to give 
you something worthwhile to be 
concerned about. Instead of being 
an "Irritable Ilga" or "Placid Pe- 
tunia" become a Christ-controlled 

Welcome fo 
New Hoosier Group 

A new Junior youth group has 
been organized at the Tiosa Breth- 
ren Church in Indiana. 
Their new officers are: 
Cinda Weidner — President 
Richard VanDuyne — V. President 
Geraldine Peterson — Secretary 
Rose Anna DePue — Treasurer 
At present there are eleven mem- 
bers in this new group. National 
Brethren Youth welcomes you, 
Tiosa Juniors! 

— Mr & Mrs. Fred VanDuyne, 

Something New At 
Johnstown Two 

At Johnstown II Brethren Church 
we have a group of 24 B. Y. C.'ers 
who meet the first and third Mon- 
day of each month from 7 to 9 
p. m. 

Our Sisterhood meets the 2nd 
Monday and our Brotherhood the 
4th Monday, so we have a youth 
meeting each Monday of the 

We had a car wash and, although 
we were all soaked, we suffered no 
casualties and cleaned $31.00 worth. 

Our five senior group leaders 
planned a Christmas program to 
be presented by our four groups. We 
are a mixed age group, ranging 
from 8 to 25 years old, so we are 
divided into four groups with Se- 
niors at the head of each group 
and each group takes a turn at 
each meeting presenting the pro- 
gram which the Senior plans and 
leads his group in. 

We made favors for children in 
the hospital as our Christmas proj- 

— Carolyn Miller, secretary. 

(EDITOR'S NOTE: National 
Brethren Youth compliments 
Johnstown II on their youth pro- 
gram and would encourage other 
churches to co-ordinate their 
youth programs in the three areas 
of B. Y. C, Sisterhood and Broth- 





Name: Albert O. Curtright 

Church: Brighton Chapel, Indiana 

Sponsor of: Senior B.Y. C. for one 

Married and has four children 
Ages: 30, 26, 22 and 17 

Special Events: Thanksgiving par- 
ty, visits to hospital, chili supper 
for fund raising, weekly offer- 
ings; plans for combined youth 
meeting once a month with the 
other churches of the township; 
taking part in using talents for 
the Lord 

Hobbies or Special Interests: gar- 
dening and fishing 

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The Brethren Evangelist 


James E. Norris 

Program for 
February 1963 



Scripture: Matthew 23:1-15 

Suggested Hymns: "He Leadeth Me," "Revive Us 

Again," "I'm Praying For You." 
Leader Speaks: 

In LIVING THE LIFE, one is always to remember 
that there are also among the sheep, wolves. "Not 
every one that saith unto me. Lord, Lord, shall enter 
into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the 
will of my father which is in heaven" (Matt. 7:21). 

These words of the master are but a few He spoke 
concerning the false pretense of being a Christian. 
Our topic tonight would show us that even though 
there are hypocrites among us, we are not to stumble 
over them. 

Topics for Discussion: 

1. Don't Do As I Do, But Do As I Say. (Matt. 23: 

This is something we hear quite often as we go 
through life, and it is said by so-called Christians. 
We might ask here, what is a hypocrite? Is one who 
asks us not to do as he does; a hypocrite? 

2. They Were Hypocrites. Why? 

They were not sincere. They held the high office 
in the church. They were to tell people how to live. 
But how did they fall short? Isn't this same condi- 
tion present in the church today? (Read verses 4 to 7) . 

3. What Is the Formula for Greatness in our Text 

Does, being a servant belittle a Christian? 

4. What Does Verse 12 Mean? 

5. Woe Unto You Scribes and Pharisees, Hypocrites! 
What does WOE mean? As we follow the next four 

verses we find Jesus pronouncing these WOES. They 
are directed at the leaders of the church. Many 
churches today are guilty of the same sins as those 
of Christ's day. The liberties that are allowed so- 

called Christians today would cause our forefathers j 
to hide their faces in shame, or would they clean 
house in general? There is a feeling among men to- 
day that whatever you can get away with is all right. 
It is as bad as the last days of the Judges when "ev- 
ery man did that which was right in his own eyes." 
(Judges 21:25). 

6. You Do Not Fool The World. 

Those who do not make a profession of faith; those 
who do not claim to be saved, are ever watching us. 
They seldom look for a perfect man, but they do 
look at the life. One who says he is a Christian and 
does everything the world does, is a hypocrite. He is 
pretending to be something he is not. He, too, is a 
stumbling block for other Christians, and would also 
be a stumbling block to others who might want to 
become Christians. The way not to be a stumbling 
block is to follow the Apostle Paul's words to Timothy. 

"Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou 
hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ 
Jesus" (2 Tim. 1:13). 

Read 2 Tim. 2:1-2. 




We are organized again both on a local and national 
level in our Laymen's group. Our year runs from Sep- 
tember until September. We do this so that it's easy 
to comply with goal No. 1. 

We at Gratis have increased our membership from 
17 to 19 members. Every one is a member of our local, 
our district, and our national Laymen's organization. 

The Gratis Laymen are furnishing leadership for a 
Boys' Brotherhood organization this year. There are 
10 boys in this group, and they are full of enthusiasm 
to make it an active group. This is a Junior group, 
ages 9 to 14. 

We are hoping there will be more Laymen's or- 
ganizations established throughout the Brethren 
Churches this year. We are also praying that after 
this happens, then the Laymen will organize a Boys' 
Brotherhood also. This could be a Junior or Senior 
group, or both. Any church or organization interested, 
please write to Rev. C. Y. Gilmer, 220 E. Locust, Lanark, 

There have been many fine articles on the Laymen's 
pages of the Brethren Evangelist. 1 sincerely hope 
all you laymen are reading them. There have been 
fine articles by our national President, Ike Litton, 

January 19, 1963 

.urging a stronger and more united Laymen's group. 
I also notice that our editor, Bro. Floyd Benshoff, 
needs articles, news letters, and comments on various 
local Laymen's doings. Part of goal No. 4 is to sub- 

Page Twenty-three 

mit an article every other month. Let's cover him 

up with articles, etc. 

In His Wonderful Service, 
Virgil L. Barnhart. 

Great Men of the Bible: 


Writing for our "Great Men of^the Bible" column 
this month is Brother Virgil Barnhart, member of the 
Gratis Brethren Church. Mr. Barnhart has been High 
School Sunday School teacher for many years; is a 
deacon of the local church and active in State and 
National activities. Virgil is an employee at Frigidaire, 
Dayton, Ohio. 

TN WRITING THIS ARTICLE concerning Philemon, 
■*■ we come across a situation that was very evident 
in ancient days, and also seems to be prevalent in 
some areas today. The existing situation we are re- 
ferring to is that of slavery. 

In order to present Philemon properly, we must give 
some facts concerning a runaway slave, by the name 
of Onesimus, as a background for the proper prepara- 
tion of this great man. 

If we look at verse 18 in the book of Philemon, it 
is inferred that Onesimus robbed from his owner, 
and fled to Rome. Remembering that Rome was a city 
of vice, and very much filled with dens of iniquity, 
we can rejoice in the knowledge that he came under 
the influence of Paul and was converted (verse 10). 
As a further testimony that he was a devoted dis- 
ciple of Christ, we refer to Col. 4:9. Paul definitely 
states that this runaway slave is a faithful, and be- 
loved brother, who is one of you. This is very em- 

In Philemon (vs. 13), Paul would very willingly 
have Onesimus with him as a helper, because Paul 
considered him as a son, not a lowly slave (vs. 10). 
However, we note that without the consent of Phi- 
lemon, Paul thought it necessary and just, to send 
the servant back to his owner. Notice in verse 12 
that Paul did not have someone accompany this man 
back, but induced him to return of his own volition, 
unguarded, and unaccompanied. Paul further states 
that Onesimus is not to be received as a servant, 
but as a true and approved disciple of Christ, a brother 
of the Faith, and worthy of the same consideration 
and love, as Paul, or any Christian. This tells us that 
the reception should be one of sympathy, affection, 
and one of Christian brotherhood. 

The name, Onesimus, means beneficial or profitable. 
We can certainly benefit and profit from this won- 
derful story concerning this great man, Philemon, 
and apply the lesson to our hearts and everyday 

Philemon was apparently a member of the Church 
at Colosse, and according to verse 2, he must have 
been holding church in his house. This thought, along 
with his charitableness, (verse 5-7), and Paul's re- 
quest to prepare a lodging (verse 22), leads us to 
believe that he was a man of great means. When 
Paul wrote the epistle to Colossians, he didn't in- 
clude greetings to Philemon, because he possibly knew 


that he was going to write a separate letter to him. 
This letter is the only private one of this correspon- 
dence which has been preserved for us. It was writ- 
ten about A.D. 60-62. 

In those days it was forbidden to teach slaves the 
law. As though Heaven cared for slaves, was the 
thought often voiced by ordinary pagans. A slave had 
no recognized rights, was a mere "live chattel," an 
implement with a voice. Observe how different an 
attitude the Christian possesses. Paul said, "In Chris- 
tianity, nothing is private or exclusive." 

Philemon, being a Christian, would have pardoned 
the liberty, had Paul decided to keep the servant, 
Onesimus, with him. However, Paul was too much of 
a follower to presume on the kindness of even a be- 
loved convert, or fellow Christian. And besides, a fault 
had been committed, and had not yet been condoned. 
It was necessary to show by example that, where it 
was possible, restitution should follow repentance, 
and that he who had been guilty of a great wrong 
should not be irregularly shielded from its legitimate 
consequences. Had Philemon been a heathen, when 
Onesimus was sent to him, he could have subjected 
the poor servant to certain torture, and quite pos- 
sibly, as frequently happened, to crucifixion. But Phi- 
lemon was a Christian, and the gospel of Christ, by 
Christianizing the master, emancipated the slave. It 
was a personal sacrifice for Paul to send him back 
because he had become as Paul's own dear son, and 
was very much wanted, needed, and loved. Without 
hesitation, however, Paul knew it was the right and 
blessed thing to do. 

Through vistas of History, we see slavery, and its 
pagan theory of two races, fall before the Holy Word 
of Jesus. The principle of Christian brotherhood be- 
tween master and slave is clearly laid down. 

Thus the epistle to Philemon becomes the practical 
manifesto of Christianity against the horrors and 
iniquities of ancient and modern slavery. 

A blow was struck at the very root of slavery when 
our Lord said, "Ye are all brethren" (Matt. 23:8). 

In summing up the characterization of this great 
man, Philemon, there seems to be a very good mes- 
sage for us all. There is a divine inspiration from 
a close study of this epistle. There should be many 
spiritual lessons for us to take to heart and put into 
practice. I want to emphatically call to your atten- 
tion these three spiritual aids. 

1 — The importance of sympathy for our loved ones. 

2 — The Duty of obedience to the law on the part of 

3 — Christian brotherhood obliterates all social and 
class distinctions. 

Please read Mark 10:27 and Philippians 4:13 in 
the King James Version as a closing to this article. 

Germantown, Ohio. 

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ore milk can be obtained by such 
ethods as scheduled feeding and 
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uary 26, 1?63 


February 10-16, 1963 


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Editor of Publications . .Rev. W. St. Clair Benshol'f 

Board of Editorial Consultants: 

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National Brethren Youth Beverly Summy 

Missionary Board Mrs. Judith Runyon 

Contributing; Editors: 
National Sunday School Board ..Richard Winfield 
Sunday School Lesson Comments 

Rev. Carl H. Phillips 

Prayer Meeting Studies Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 

Spiritual Meditations Rev. Dyoll Belote 

Evangelism Rev. J. D. Hamel 

Book Reviews Rev. Richard E. Allison 

Special Subjects Rev. J. G. Dodds 

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In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "Accounting Time, Again!" 3 

News from the Brethren 4 

Memorials 4 

Daily Devotions — February 15-21 5 

Sunday School Lesson Comments 6 

Progress Reports from Brethren Churches ... 7 

"How to Become a Christian" 

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Sisterhood 15 

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World Religious News in Review 17 



Under the present set-up, the fourth issue 
of the Evangelist each month is scheduled to 
contain a page of W. M. S. news from local so- 

Mrs. Charles R. Munson is in charge of prepar- 
ing the material for that page from news re- 
ports sent in by local Woman's Missionary So- 

When time for the printing of this issue drew 
near, Mrs. Munson reported that up to that 
time, there were no reports forthcoming from 
local societies. Consequently, we had to omit the 
W. M. S. page this week. 

What to do ab'out it? Let each local society 
get busy and send a news report to Mrs. Charles 
R. Munson, 616 Park St., Ashland, Ohio. You will 
be doing your part, you will be letting others 
know what you are doing, and in this way, you 
can be an encouragement to the whole church. 
Send your report to her today. (It may be that 
you have mailed a report recently. If so, it will 
be appearing in a fourth week issue before long.) 


We trust that you are well into your prepara- 
tion and participation in this denominationally- 
wide study conference on evangelism. If, not, 
check recent issues of the Evangelist for infor- 
mation, as well as the packet of material sent 
to each church some time ago. 


God, give to worlds the quiet 

Of sleepy summer trees; 

Of winds that scarcely tremble — 

Quietness like these. 

Bring worlds, long bruised by tempests. 
To a calmness that was His 
Who made the wildest waters 
Serene as silence is. 

Annabelle Merrifield. 

A favorite quip of jovial friends on taking 

leave of each other is, "Good-bye! See you in 

church." It is often a sly joke, of course; there 

may be no intention of being in church. The 

phrase has become almost a meaningless cliche. 

It is time that we revive the slogan, "See you 

in church." But this time take it seriously! 

James L. Christensen in HOW TO 


(Fleming H. Revell Company) . 

The Brethren Layman 

(Boys' Brotherhood Program Materials 

for February) 20 

The Brethren Youth 32 

January 36, 1963 

Page Three 


SINCE WE are on the thresh- 
old of that period of the year 
when we prepare and file our 
annual report to the Federal 
Government on how we have 
done financially during the past 
year, it is well also to give 
thought to how we have done 
financially with the Lord. 

The following item, which we 
gleaned from another magazine, 
points up one reason why the 
church is often short of funds. 
It is a fact which every Chris- 
tian must reckon with in the ac- 
counting to the government. 

"Some weeks ago someone 
stole the offering from our 
church. Police were summoned 
and investigations were made 
but the thief has not been ap- 

"And it happened again last 
Sunday! Again someone robbed 
the church, stealing a large part 
of the tithes and offering money. 
'They' may have been the same 
person or same persons as be- 
fore; we are not sure. But their 
method was different the second 
time; for you see, we installed 
a vault in concrete after it hap- 
pened before. 

"So this time when the money 
was taken, it was done right in 
the presence of the entire con- 
gregation, right under the noses 
of the ushers, and right while 
the pastor stood smiling and 
watching in the pulpit. 

"And the difficult part about 
it all is that not anyone has 

come forth to definitely accuse 
the thief dressed up as a saint. 
Perhaps none of us can say for 
sure that we saw anyone slip 
the money from the passing 
plate up his sleeve or into his 
purse or side pocket. In fact, 
after careful investigation on the 
part of the finance committee 
and church board, it is agreed 
that the person or persons were 
(1) Professing Christians, (2) 
Members of the local church, and 
(3) In possession of tithing en- 
velopes, and (4) Receiving some 
sort of an income already with- 
out resorting to stealing money 
from the church. 

"The thief's method was 
simple: refusing to pay tithes 
and present an offering." 




"Bring ye all the tithes into 
the storehouse." 

Mal. 3:10 








The Prophet Malachi explains 
this problem satisfactorily when 
he says, "Will a man rob God? 
Yet ye have robbed me. But ye 
say, Wherein have we robbed 
thee? In tithes and offerings." 

In arriving at a proper amount 
for the support of the church 
many people have indicated that 
the tithe is an Old Testament 
precept by which the Christian 
is not governed. Rather, they 
point to the words of St. Paul in 
which he indicates that upon the 
first day of the week we are 
to bring our offerings unto the 
Lord, and, that the Lord loveth 
a cheerful giver. It should be 
pointed out that our giving is to 
be according to our means as 
the Lord has blessed us. 

Back to Malachi for the final in- 
struction on the entire matter of 
giving: "Bring ye all the tithes 
into the storehouse, that there 
may be meat in mine house, and 
prove me now herewith, saith 
the Lord of hosts, if I will not 
open you the windows of heaven, 
and pour you out a blessing, that 
there shall not be room enough 
to receive it." 

Your government allows you 
up to thirty per cent for this 
kind of giving. Some very care- 
ful thinking will show that we 
can thus please the Lord, please 
our government, give our church 
the support it needs, and bring 
real happiness and joy to others 
and to ourselves. Ask those who 
are doing it. W. S. B. 

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Hamel was guest speaker at the 
Aloha Trailer Park the afternoon 
of December 30th. 

ST. JAMES, MD. Brother James 
Rowsey, who has been pastor of 
the Garber Brethren Church, Ash- 
land, Ohio, has received and has 
accepted the call of the St. James 
church to serve as pastor. Brother 
Rowsey is scheduled to begin his 
work at St. James about May 1st. 


J. Raymond Schutz, corresponding 

secretary, reports on their recent 
visitation program as follows: "Re- 
cently the congregation completed 
an every-member visitation pro- 
gram. Eighteen volunteer teams 
visited 153 homes. The aim of the 
program was added interest in the 
church and its auxiliary organiza- 

TUCSON, ARIZONA. Brother and Sis- 
ter A. T. Ronk have taken up tem- 
porary residence in Tucson where 
Brother Ronk is serving as interim 
pastor of the Tucson church. 


HONG KONG (Ep) — Refugees from 
mainland China have reportedly 
told Assemblies of God missionaries 
here that only "Holy Ghost" or 
Pentecostal churches are allowed 
to remain open in China. 

Missionaries believe the churches 
mentioned were those established 
by missionaries before the Com- 
munist regime lowered the bamboo 
curtain. No names and locations 
were given, and the reasons why 
Communists allow the continued 
operation of Pentecostal churches 
in Red China are not known. 

Recently published reports in 
Communists newspaper of Red 
China indicate 160 new believers 
had joined one Assemblies of God 

It is not the possession of ex- 
traordinary gifts that makes ex- 
traordinary usefulness, but the 
dedication of what we have to the 
service of God. (Frederick William 
Robertson ) 


HARTZELL. Clara Courtwright 
Hartzell, member of the Cameron, 
W. Va., Brethren Church, died Oct. 
7, age 79 years. Services by the 
pastor. Interment, Big Run Ceme- 

Cecil Bolton, Jr., Pastor. 
* * * 

BAKER. Mrs. Mollie Kyger Baker, 
widow of William Russell Baker, 
was one of the most faithful mem- 
bers of the Mt. Olive church in 
Virginia, and was well known to 
many throughout the Brethren 
church as she was a faithful at- 
tendant at General Conferences for 
many years. Death came at the 
age of 84 on Dec. 21 as a result 
of a fractured hip suffered in a fall 
a week earlier. Survived by five 
daughters and their families, four 
brothers and one sister. Services 
in the church by the pastor as- 
sisted by Rev. Wilmer Hurst of 
the Summit Church of the Breth- 
ren. Interment, Mt. Olive Ceme- 

John F. Locke, Pastor. 


SPRINGFIELD, MO. (ep) — ^Moral Con- 
ditions of the United States may be 
"bordering on those of Sodom," 
says an editorial in the September 
9 issue of the Pentecostal Evangel, 
published here. 

(The weekly magazine, official 
voice of the Assemblies of God, has 
a circulation in excess of 177,000.) 

In the editorial, "Shades of Sod- 
om," the Rev. Robert C. Cunning- 
ham, editor of the Pentecostal 
Evangel, suggests that the recent 
Supreme Court decision on "ques- 
tionable" magazines reflects a low 
state of public morals. 

According to the high court's rul- 
ing, three magazines (while termed 
by the court "unpleasant, uncouth, 
and tawdry") were not banned 
from the mail because they were 
not bad enough to "affront current 
community standards of decency." 

Editor Cunningham says com- 
munity standards have slumped to 
an all-time low when they make 
room for morally corrupt reading 
material. "The lewd stuff now is 
openly displayed in stores where 
the youngest children can hardly 
miss it," he states. 

"The Court has found the Amer- 
ican public so tolerant toward sin 
that uncouth and tawdry maga- 
zines will not offend public tastes," 
writes Mr. Cuningham, concluding 
that this has become the standard 
instead of what is "acceptable ac- 
cording to God's Standards of right 
and wrong." 

Commenting on current moral 
conditions, the editorial indicates, 
"Erotism appears to be the domi- 
nant theme on the stage today." 
It charges that the books which 
sell best feature prostitutes or per- 
verts, and that movies which spot- 
light rape, incest or some other 
kind of sexual immorality win most 

Refering to the ancient Bible city 
destroyed by God, the editorial asks 
if conditions may be approaching 
those in Sodom. "If so," says Editor 
Cunningham, "we may expect God 
to intervene soon." 


February 18 — Roann, Indiana 
Supper — 6:30 p.m. 

January 26, 1963 




General Theme for the Year: "LIVING THE LIFE" 
Theme for February — "BY SERVING OTHERS" 

Writer for February — liillS. PHIL LERSCH 
February 15th through 21st — "Examples of Sharing" 

Friday, February 15, 1963 
Read Scripture: Matthew 20:20-28 

Scripture verse: Even as the Son 
of man came not to be ministered 
unto, but to minister, and to give 
his life a ransom for many. Mat- 
thew 20:28. 

Contrast the world's mad rush for 
recognition and status with Jesus' 
example of GREATNESS. Mere men 
seek to express themselves; Jesus 
was God's expression. Mere men 
seek entertainment and escape; Je- 
sus gave satisfaction and peace. 
Mere men must prove they are 
right; Jesus left that in his Fa- 
ther's hands. Mere men give their 
first attention to taking care of 
themseZves; Jesus expended Him- 
self for others. Mere men think 
that stature comes from being 
served; Jesus proved that stature 
comes from serving. 

Harry Lee has written the hymn, 
"My Master Was So Very Poor." 
My Master was so very poor, And 

with the poor He broke the bread; 
So very rich my Master was. That 

multitudes by Him were fed. 

My Master was so very poor, They 
nailed Him naked to a cross; 

So very rich my Master was, He 
gave His all and knew no loss. 

The Day's Thought 
We are not mere men but Christ's 

men; let us keep our eyes on our 


Saturday, February 16, 1963 
Read Scripture: Acts 9:36-43 

Scripture verse: Now there ivas at 
Joppa a certain disciple named Ta- 
bitha, which by interpretation is 
called Dorcas; this woman was full 
of good works and almsdeeds which 
she did. Acts 9:36. 

Do you have a "Dorcas" in your 
church? Someone who is "full of 
good works" and "never stops do- 
ing." Someone who is so full of the 
love of God that she just overflows 
in doing for others? We do. In our 
church is a lady who always knows 
when another needs help. She looks 
for the times when others are busy 
and offers to relieve them by keep- 
ing their children. She always takes 
in a dish of food when someone 
in the church is sick. She remem- 
bers birthdays and anniversaries. 
Her life is spent for others. What 
is the result of her constant giving? 
Hardly ever have I seen her with- 
out a smile. 

Paul Robinson wrote in this 

We share with Thee the feast of 
love As hearts are knit in broth- 
O may Thy Spirit in us move Our 
wills to serve our brother's good. 

The Day's Thought 
We are "saved to serve." 

Sunday, February 17, 1963 

Read Scripture: Romans 15:22-29 
Scripture verse: For it hath 
pleased them of Macedonia and 
Achaia to make a certain contri- 
bution for the poor saints which 
are at Jerusalem. Romans 15:26. 
The Christians in Macedonia and 
Achaia resolved to give a contri- 
bution to those in need in Jerusa- 
lem. This they were glad to do for 
two main reasons: 1) they realized 
their inseparability with their 
brethren in Jerusalem. They were 
all part of the same body and when 
a part of the body suffers the 
whole body suffers. 2) They had 
been gentiles. Even so, they had 
received a share in spiritual bless- 

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ings and wanted to repay their 
debt of gratitude. Here was an 
opportunity to give in substance as 
partial thanks for what they had 
received in the intangible blessings 
of eternal life. 

These early Christians were glad 
to give. Paul was glad to urge 
them to give for the needs of 
others. When our ministers ask for 
offerings for the Kingdom of God 
they are doing us a favor, helping 
us to show in a material way our 
thanks for our spiritual blessings 
and our concern for our brothers. 

The Day's Thought 
We should rejoice when we are 
called upon to give to others. 

Monday, February 18, 1963 
Read Scripture: Acts 11:27-30 

Scripture verse: Then the dis- 
ciples, every man according to his 
ability, determined to send relief 
unto the brethren which dwelt in 
Judea. Acts 11:29. 

This Scripture demonstrates the 
unity of the early Family of God. 
The church at Antioch heard of 
the need of their bi others in Pales- 
tine and immediately took stock of 
their resources to see what they 
could share. Theirs was not merely 
a congregation or even a denomi- 
nation. Theirs was a fellowship of 
a family with Jesus Christ as their 
head. When their brothers suffered 
they wanted to help. 

Are we aware of the need of 
our brothers in other parts of the 
world? Can we claim membership 
in a family when we ignore the 
plight of needy brothers? How can 
we conscientiously get more and 
more for ourselves when others lack 
the necessities of life? Let us prom- 
ise as did the hymn-writer, 
I shall divide my gifts from Thee 

With every brother that I see 
Who has the need of help from me. 

The Day's Thought 
Let us determine to send re- 
lief to needy brethren. 

Tuesday, February 19, 1963 
Read Scripture: Matthew 23:5-12 

Scripture verse: But he that is 
greatest among you shall be your 
servant. Mattheia 23:11. 

The Pharisees whom Jesus hotly 
condemned liked to call attention 
to themselves. They tried in all 
sorts of ways to advertise their own 
piety. They chose the most con- 
spicuous seats in church and at 

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banquets. They wore clothing that 
displayed their religion. With great 
ostentation they play-acted their 

Let us not be guilty of living 
this sort of counterfeit Christian 
life. A Christian is to erase self, not 
display it. He is to crucify himself 
daily and take up the burdens of 
the world, yoked with Jesus Christ. 
Washington Gladden has expressed 
this thought. 
O Master, let me walk with Thee 

In lowly paths of service free: 
Tell me Thy secret; help me bear 

The strain of toil, the fret of care. 
The Day's Thought 

May we seek ways of serving 
this day. 

Wednesday, February 20, 1963 
Read Scripture: Acts 10:1-8 

Scripture verse: A devout man, 
and one that feared God loith all 
his house, ichich gave much alms 
to the people, and prayed to God 
alway. Acts 10:2. 

Cornelius shows us that he who 
loves his fellow men is not far from 
the Kingdom. In fact when Peter 
spoke to Cornelius he told him, 
"Cornelius, your prayer has been 
heard and your deeds of charity 

have been remembered before God." 
His life of charity began before 
he knew Jesus Christ. Can we who 
know Christ do less than Cornelius? 
Can we maintain that "doing good" 
is beneath us who have the Gos- 
pel to spread? We who know Christ 
should be doing more charity be- 
cause of His urging us. 

S. D. Phelps has written. 
Savior, Thy dying love. Thou gav- 
est me. Nor should I aught with- 
hold. Dear Lord, from Thee. 
In love my soul would bow. My 

heart fulfill its vow. 
Some offering bring Thee now. 

Something for Thee. 
Give me a faithful heart — Like- 
ness to Thee — 
That each departing day Hence- 
forth may see 
Some work of love begun, Some 

deed of kindness done. 
Some wanderer sought and won. 
Something for Thee. 

The Day's Thought 
Let us out-do each other in "do- 
ing good." 

Thursday, February 21, 1963 

Read Scripture: Luke 3:10-14 

Scripture verse: He answereth 
and saith unto them. He that hath 

two coats, let him impart to him 
that hath none; and he that hath 
meat, let him do likewise. Luke 

Here is the teaching of John the 
Baptist. He removed any false sense 
of superiority the Jews had. Some 
of the Jews felt that their national- 
ity would save them. Because they 
were the chosen people they did 
not need to fear the judgment, 
they thought. John preached 
against this idea. 

When they woke up to the reality 
of their plight of being no better 
than anyone else, they asked what 
they could do. Then John gave the 
answer in our printed verse. Here 
is the proof of godliness — giving 
to those in need. 

This Scripture compels me to ask 
myself. Why should I have coats 
of different styles when some have 
no coats? Why should I have un- 
worn clothes in my closet when 
some are cold? Why should I eat the 
most expensive foods when some 
go hungry? Rather, thank God I 
can economize on things for myself 
in order to give to others. 
The Day's Thought 

What a great blessing it is to 
be able to give. 

Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Cari H. Phillips 

Topics copyrighted by the International Council of 
Religious Education. Used by permission. 

Lesson for February 3, 1963 


Text: Mark 4:35-41; .'>:38-42 

THERE IS NO DOUBT about it. We think in terms 
of power and are affected by powers. We of this 
world face a constant struggle against weather, di- 
sease, wars, mental problems, moral problems, spir- 
itual problems, etc. Many drift with the tide but in 
the heat of battle stand the people of God. "Finally, 
my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power 
of His might. For we wrestle not with flesh and blood, 
but against principalities, against powers, against 
the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spir- 
itual wickedness in high places" (Eph. 6:10, 12). It 
is likely that a majority of the people of all the world 
would like to have power over the many plagues; but 
they just do not know how. We who are Christians 
cannot claim that we have secret miracle drugs or 

magic powers, but we do claim a Christ who has 
mighty powers to control all things. Jesus showed 
that He had power to cause a great storm to become 
a calm, to heal the incurable, and to raise the dead. 
These things were not done in secret but openly 
displayed before crowds. 

This series of miracles point out the helpless and 
dispairing nature of man. Expert sailors were fearful 
and helpless in a storm at sea. Mad men cried and 
moaned among the tombs and on the mountain sides. 
No one could help them. Death visited the house of 
Jairus and none could stay his visit. Strong men can 
be powerless, and rulers have very limited authority. 
Men are in a state of perishing ^nd sooner or later 
we realize our helplessness. 

These incidents reveal Jesus' power and His source 
of strength. How peaceful was His repose in the 
midst of threatening death. Was not the Father aware 
of the danger of His Only Begotten? He was well 
aware, and knowing this, Jesus could always put His 
soul at ease. Faith in the providential care of God 
is one great step to victory over the world. What of 
life itself? Jesus demonstrated that life is in His 
hands. If Jesus could raise the dead to continue living 
in this life, there is no doubt but that He can ful- 
fill His promise of the resurrection, and life everlast- 

Jesus said "greater works than these will he do" 
(Jn. 14:12). What great works in His name can we 
do? Healed bodies are wonderful but powers to heal 

January 26, 1963 

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do not make us the greatest workers (Matt. 18:8, 9; 
John 10:41; Matt. 11:11). We cannot guarantee that 
for the believer there will be no peril, no temptation 
or hard times. We can only say that in Christ we can 
come through these times without losing peace, con- 
fidence, gracefulness of life and eternal life itself. 
In His strength the world can be radically changed 
and men lifted up. Who can dare to believe all that 
it is possible for Christ to do? 

Progress Reports 
Brethren Churches 


We'll begin the new year aright by sending in a 
report of our church happenings. It would be impos- 
sible to list everything which has occurred this past 
year but perhaps we can give a resume of some of 
the activities. 

The thrill of the year was the building of a new 
addition to our church, consisting of two new class- 
rooms, restrooms and an enclosed entranceway. A 
separate article of the dedication service, held De- 
cember 9, will be sent to the Evangelist. New lights 
were put in the sanctuary, the entire basement painted 
and tiled, a new cross in the entranceway and side- 
walks were also added. 

Twelve of our folk were enrolled in the Evangeli- 
cal Teacher's Training Association and braved the 
blustery cold and snow to attend the meetings held 
at different Brethren Churches six consecutive Mon- 
day evenings beginning in January. It is that time 
of year again and many of our folk are again enrolled 
in the classes. 

Brother Harold Barnett served as evangelist for the 
spring revival. He had held the previous fall revival 
and was received so well that he was asked to come 
back. Two rededications were made at the meet- 
ing. The closing Sunday of the revival a pot-luck 
dinner was enjoyed after which a short afternoon 
meeting was held prior to Brother Barnett's depar- 
ture. At this meeting various organizations and in- 
dividuals presented Brother Barnett monetary gifts 
to be used toward the building of a boys' dorm at 
Lost Creek. Rag rugs and a comforter, a result of 
Woman's Missionary Society work days, were also 
given to Brother Barnett to be used at the mission. 

The pastor held pre-Easter services at the North 
Liberty Brethren Church. Twelve decisions for Christ 
were made as a result of the meeting. The W. M. S. 
held their Public Service while the pastor was hold- 
ing the revival. They sponsored Mr. and Mrs. Paul 
Nye, of the Church of the Brethren, who showed 
slides of their trip to the Holy Land. 

Our folk were inspired by the services of the Chora- 
liers this past summer and also a mixed gospel team 
from Ashland College in December. All churches are 

in store for a blessing when thev have these dedi- 
cated young people in their church for services. Our 
own youth were represented in camps and conferences 
this past year. It was a joy of the pastor and wife, 
as well as other Sunday School teachers, to be able 
to help in the Vacation Bible School held jointly with 
the E. U. B. Church. It is always a thrill to see chil- 
dren coming to Bible School, but it was even a greater 
thrill this year when fifteen teenagers enrolled in a 
class and attended regularly and also took part in the 
closing program. Bible School offers a wonderful op- 
portunity of winning souls to the Lord. The church 
was also honored recently when all four boys chosen 
as candidates for king at a basketball game half- 
time ceremony were Brethren boys — boys who are 
in Sunday School and church each Sunday, 

In November it was a joy to go "home" to Cerro 
Gordo, Illinois and hold Homecoming Services. After 
the morning message and a carry-in dinner, a bap- 
tismal service was held. The Lord's Supper concluded 
the day's services. Pray with us that Cerro Gordo will 
soon have a pastor. Rev. Woodrow Immel, of our 
North Manchester Church, was the speaker for our 
Homecoming Services held October 7. His wife played 
several beautiful selections on the marimba. 

Many other events could be listed but we will leave 
the space for some other church to give their progress 
report. We enjoy the Evangelist and love to read of 
the work of other churches. It has been a good year. 
Most important of all, precious souls were won to 
the Lord. This is our reward for all services rendered. 

Mrs. Claude Stogsdill. 


Greetings in the name of our blessed Lord and 
Saviour, Jesus Christ. We are happy that our Lord 
has brought us to another new year and has per- 
mitted us to have been fellow workers with Him in 
the past. 

It may be of interest to the Brethren that four 
deacons and four deaconesses were elected at our an- 
nual business meeting, and they will be ordained dur- 
ing the month of January. 

Highlights of 1962 included a communion attendance 
of 305 in the spring and 285 in the fall. Twenty-two 
members were received into the church by confession 
and baptism and three were accepted by letter. The 
Berlin church contributed more than 40% of total 
income to denominational interests, made many im- 
provements at the church and for the seventh straight 
year transferred $1,500 or more to the local Expansion 

We look forward to working with the wonderful folks 
of the Berlin Church for another year and we pray 
that our Lord may enrich our lives so we may serve 
others and be useful members of the family of man- 
kind in the community. 

R. E. Mills, Pastor. 

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T DO NOT BELIEVE there can be 
-*- any topic more important than 
the topic of "How to Become A 
Christian." In the final analysis 
that is all there is of life really 
worthwhile. It seems strange that 
there should be much information 
lacking on this subject. And there 
is a vast amount of incorrect in- 
struction on the subject too. To 
discuss so important a subject, we 
do not want man's mere opinions. 
When the soul's eternal welfare is 
at stake we want a divine answer 
— we want an answer that is rea- 
sonable, authoritative, and univer- 
sal. So, let us go directly to the 
Word of God. Let the Bible do all 
the necessary talking on our topic. 

If there is anyone in the Breth- 
ren Church who does not believe 
God's Book, I shall not argue with 
him. I do not see how any man 
in this enlightened age can have 
the nerve to stand up and argue 
against the inspiration of the Bible. 
Its authority is beyond question. 
It is the only authority for Chris- 
tianity. So I take it for granted that 
every member of the Brethren 
Church beUeves the Bible. I be- 
lieve the Bible because it is God's 
revelation to man. I believe the 
Bible because it is authoritative on 
all soul questions. I believe the Bi- 
ble because there is no appeal from 

In discussing our topic, one ques- 
tion we must consider is, "How did 
the people on the Day of Pente- 
cost become Christians?" Another 
question logically follows, "How 
are people to become Christians 
today?" We must remember that 
God's laws are unchangeable. The 
Bible gives the answer to our ques- 
tions, and there should be no mis- 
understanding or discussion about 
the simple questions. 

Believing that the second chap- 
ter of Acts contains practically the 
whole Christian principle in ab- 

breviated form, to obtain light on 
our topic, let us study diligently 
and prayerfully Acts 2:36-47. 

GOD. The first requisite was to be- 
lieve that Jesus was the Christ. 
God had intended the son of Mary 
to be the world's Redeemer. Before 
any man could become a Chris- 
tian then, and before any man can 
become a Christian now, HE MUST 

The man who says that all men 
are equally divine, in the sense that 
the Unitarians affirm it, is wrong. 
The man who says that the great 
philosophers are just as divine as 
Jesus, is wrong. The man who so 
teaches is not worthy the name 
Christian — because in degrading Je- 
sus to the level of even the world's 
greatest philosophers, the vital 
principle of Christianity is sur- 
rendered. I claim that there is no 
middle ground. Jesus was either all 
that He claimed to be or He was 
worse than an imposter, if that be 
possible. He claimed to be the Son 
of God; He claimed to be equal 
with God; He claimed that all 
power was given unto Him, both in 
heaven and earth; He forgave sins 
and commanded like God. Hence, 
for any man to stand up today, af- 
ter more than 2,000 years of glorious 
Christian history, and assert He 
was an imposter, is enough to make 
one burn with righteous indigna- 

I believe in a free country and in 
free speech, but I do not believe 
in such license as permits my Lord 
to be thus insulted — without se- 
vere censure for the agnostic and 
iconoclastic hypocrite who thus in- 
sults Him. The man who denies the 

Deity of Christ; the man who puts 
the world's Saviour on the same 
level as Aristotle and Plato and 
other merely human philosophers; 
the man who affirms that Jesus 
was a good man but not divine — 
that man is not and cannot be (so 
long as he maintains that incon- 
sistent attitude) a true Christian. 
No man is worthy to be called a 
Christian who refuses to believe 
that Jesus was the only begotten 
Son of God. 

This is important ground and we 
cannot be too careful on this criti- 
cal point. With the real Christian, 
Jesus is "All in all" and we dare 
not dishonor Him by an attempt 
to make of Him anything less. 
These men of the second chapter 
of Acts believed in Jesus as the 
Christ. So you and I must believe 
Him or we cannot be true Chris- 

men confessed their faith by cry- 
ing out, "What shall we do?" And 
Peter replied, "REPENT." Two 
words in the Greek are translated 
"repent." One means a change for- 
ward — the other means a change 
backward. In Acts 2:38 it means 
a change forward, or for the bet- 
ter. In the vocabulary of the Gospel 
it always looks forward. When Peter 
said, "Repent", he was saying, 
"Change for the better." "If sin- 
ning, quit sinning." "If rejecting, 
quit rejecting." "If you are on 
the downward road into Hell, quit 
sliding and climb up." 

It will not do to say, "I am going 
to be a Christian now; I must 
be a better man" — and yet keep 
right on sinning. That is not true 
repentance. It will not do to say, 
"I can be a Christian without join- 
ing any church. I can be just as 
good a Christian secretly as I can 

January 26, 1963 

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Rev. J. G. Dodds 

by making the matter public, and 
burdening myself with church 
duties. Therefore I will stay at 
home and enjoy my religion alone; 
I won't support the church; and in 
my own way, even if not perfect, 
I will not be as bad as many church 
members I know." That is not re- 
pentance. Without repentance, 
without humility — no man can have 

Unless one feels that he has 
something to be forgiven for, he is 
not in the proper spirit to become 
a Christian. One of the greatest 
troubles with this old world is its 
self-righteousness. Millions believe 
themselves too good for God to pun- 
ish. They say, "God is a good and 
loving God, I'm not very bad. He 
won't let me be lost." God did not 
come to call such people to heaven. 
He came to call sinners. In Mat- 
thew 9:13 Jesus said, "I came not 
to call the righteous but sinners 
to repentance." In Luke 15:7, we 
find Jesus saying, "Joy shall be 
in heaven over one sinner that re- 
penteth, more than over ninety and 
nine just persons, which need no 
repentance." I wouldn't want to be 
one of the lukewarm kind — too good 
to be damned, and yet not good 
enough to be saved. Lukewarm 
church members are a curse to 
the church today and they al- 
ways have been. They are obstacles 
in the way of Christian progress. 
No one can become a Christian 
until he realizes he has something 
for which he needs to be forgiven. 

ple today intellectually accept Je- 
sus as the Christ, but practically 
they refuse Him. They are unwill- 

ing to make the good confession. 
Romans 10:9, 10 is very clear, "If 
thou shalt confess with thy mouth 
the Lord Jesus Christ, and shalt 
believe in thine heart that God 
hath raised Him from the dead, 
thou shalt be saved. For with the 
heart man believeth unto right- 
eousness; and with the mouth con- 
fession is made unto salvation." It 
has been my experience as a min- 
ister of the Gospel, that many peo- 
ple are repentant but are not will- 
ing to CONFESS Jesus before the 
world and be "born of water and 
the Spirit." The 3,000 souls on the 
Day of Pentecost made the Confes- 
sion by being baptised according 
to the command of Peter. 

came right out openly before the 
world and acknowledged their 
FAITH in Jesus right after Peter's 
great sermon. They went down 
penitently and promptly into the 
water and came up out of the water 
as the Apostles commanded. Why 
did Peter command a thing like 
that? Read Jesus' last command- 
ment as found in Matthew 28:19, 
20. The last command Jesus gave 
to the Apostles was the first they 
gave to the world. Peter spoke 
as God wanted him to speak. God 
never deals in non-essentials; God 
never commands that which He 
does not expect to be obeyed. God 
has never left the important mat- 
ter of the soul's welfare to the 
whims of mankind. 

Therefore, if you wish to become 
a Christian in the New Testament 
sense of the word, after believing 
and repenting you must be bap- 
tised, as they were. Without excep- 
tion, every case of conversion re- 
corded in the book of the Acts 
included baptism as one of the 
necessary steps. And I claim that 
no man today has any right to 

claim a full, complete conversion 
with baptism omitted or delayed. 
It is the crowning act in a perfect, 
self-surrender to Christ. It is the 
act which establishes the soul's 
citizenship in the Kingdom of Jesus. 
It is the act which stamps the 
seal of our redemption where it 

In New Testament times when 
men believed in Jesus they repented 
of their sins, — BELIEF and RE- 
PENTANCE are the first two items 
in the plan of becoming a Chris- 
tian. Next they CONFESSED or 
acknowledged Jesus before the 
world and were BAPTISED. Not a 
single one of these four points 
was lacking. If you have a right to 
take out baptism, then I have the 
same right to take out faith — and 
where are you? If you take out 
baptism, and I take out faith, then 
our brother has the right to take 
out repentance — then where are 
you? It will not do to thus delete 
out the divinely established laws 
of the Eternal God. What God has 
commanded should be obeyed with- 
out question. I BELIEVE THAT 
WHAT HE SAID. Do you? 

Allow me to conclude with this 
terse statment: If the Brethren 
church should depart from "the 
faith once delivered to the saints," 
deviating from the plain teachings 
of the Gospel, in order that she 
might more rapidly increase in 
membership numbers, or for the 
sake of expediency — then the 
Brethren church shall have become 
unfaithful to the tenets propound- 
ed by our forebears, who founded 
the church. WHY ARE SOME OF 
TRINES TODAY? Let us stand fast 
in the FAITH to the glory of God. 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

Churches and Annexes with their 

National Workers in Argentina 

( This list is to replace the one printed in the 1962-63 Annual 
Number on page 106. 

These changes were made since the printing of the Annual) 

Cordoba and one annex Pastor Orlando Ortiz 

Rosario Pastor Hector LaBanca 

Villa Constitucion and one annex Pastor Ricardo Rivero 

Victoria Pastor Oscar Vena 

Magueta annex Pastor Jose Varela 

Bombal and Maria Teresa annexes Pastor Reinerio Bracelis 

Colon Pastor Juan L. Arregin 

Bernal and three annexes Pastor Esteban Anton 

Gerli church and Florencio Varela Pastor Bernardo Ponce 

Nunez Pastor Robert O. Byler 

There are now eight churches and nine annexes in our Ar- 
gentine outreach. 



Reverend and Mrs. Owen Shank- 
ster, Church of the Brethren mis- 
sionaries at Waka Training Center 
in Nigeria, relate in their Christmas 
letter the follotoing highlights: 
Covimitment Service 
Last night at our annual Farewell 
Chapel we rejoiced as twenty-six 
newly-trained teachers joined to- 
gether in a service of commitment 
to Christ. Six of these were mar- 

ried men whose wives also joined 
with them. Four were young girls 
beautifully gowned in dresses each 
had made in domestic science. 
When each had lit his candle and 
walked to the bacli of the chapel 
to the music of "Christian, Let 
Your Light Shine," the choir sang 
the verses for "Sweet are the 
Promises" and the graduating class 
sang the chorus, "Where He Leads 

I'll Follow." We pray that God 
will help them to keep the prom- 
ises made in this beautiful service. 
Tribute to Hillcrest School 
Just one week earlier, our own 
son, Donald, had received baptism 
here in Waka Stream. We appre- 
ciate the guidance given by house- 
parents and teachers at Hillcrest 
School in helping him to choose the 
Christian way. 

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IN 1963! 

World missions is the number one task 
which faces the living church today. It is 
imperative that we apply greater concern, 
greater faith and greater energy to match 
the task. 

Frequently when we face an issue which 
needs attention we think fii-st of applying 
our human energies, using all of the methodi- 
cal advantages possible. Sometimes we never 
get beyond the human equation — work times 
method equals accomplishment — and conse- 
quently our accompUshments are of a second 
rate. There is a place for this above-men- 
tioned equation in the work of God's King- 
dom; however, it must be properly evaluated 
and understood. 

None of us as individuals or as churches 
are sufficient in ourselves to accomplish God's 
purposes. We have abilities which we de- 
velop as good stewards. Our lives are dedi- 
cated to God and the product of our intel- 
ligence manifests itself in ways, methods, 
and means, all of which are useful because 
they are dedicated to God; but still they are 
inadequate because something- is missing-, and 
that something- is implicit tmst in Gk)d. 

We often assume that when we dedicate 
ourselves, what we are and what we have, 
to God, that we have expressed sufficient 
faith in Him. This is not necessarily true. 
We may believe that He is able to do all 


FEBRUARY 25-26-27 


things with what we have dedicated to Him, 
hut we are not really counting- upon Him 
to do anything about it. Our trust and con- 
fidence in Him is not of an active sort, there- 
fore God may not bring His power and wis- 
dom to bear, to the fullest extent, upon our 
lives and the circumstances surrounding 

In our missionary progi^am, trust and con- 
fidence in God and dependence upon God are 
absolutely essential. These factors must pre- 
vail as we apply our best efforts, methods 
and principles. Furthermore, we must depend 
upon God to go beyond our limited efforts 
to bring about the kind of accomplishments 
that only He can obtain. 

During the past year we have seen God 
moving in the midst of our missionary pro- 
gram, bringing about some significant ac- 
complishments. We believe that these things 
are the r^ult of trust and confidence which 
have been placed in Him. We know that His 
storehouse is full of accomplishments and 
that He awaits the opportunities to release 

We urge all of our people to join with us 
in trusting God more completely as we give 
Him our very best for the cause of missions. 
There are many opportunities for outreach 
before us. We can do together what we can- 
not do alone. Let us do it now in 1963 to the 
glory of our Lord. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye 
steadfast, unmoveable, always abound- 
ing in the work of the Lord, forasmuch 
as ye know that your labor is not in vain 
in the Lord. 

I Cor. ir):58. 

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Material in this issue relating to the nature and work 
of the Peace Corps has been furnished by the Peace Com- 
mittee of General Conference, Rev. Phil Lersch, Chairman, 
in preparation for World Brotherhood Sunday, February 
10, 1963, and World Brotherhood Week, February 10-16, 


of the 


R. Sargent Shriver, 
Director of the Peace Corps 

Testament, so applicable to 
the mission of the Peace Corps, 
embodies as well the philosophy on 

which a church-going, dedicated 
America has risen above the point 
of economic security to one of ser- 
vice. In America we accept the 

Joseph Keyerleber, 2l. a Peace Corps Volunteer from Cleveland, 
leads a group of his Chilean friends in a song. Keyerleber, who is one 
of 106 Volunteers working in Chile, is helping farmers around the town 
of Chilian set up rural cooperatives. On the weekends he works with 
children's groups in the city. Keyerleber is a graduate of Notre Dame. 
He has been a Boy Scout leader and is an experienced outdoorsman. 
Photo by Phil Hardberger, Peace Corps. 

doctrine of helping our neighbor 
and doing unto others as we would 
have them do unto us. It is the 
mission of the Peace Corps to ex- 
tend this doctrine to less fortunate 

Goodwill, understanding and ser- 
vice are key words in describing 
the task which the Peace Corps 
has chosen for itself. The Congress 
of the United States, which passed 
the Peace Corps Act last September, 
set forth two primary purposes of 
the Peace Corps: 1) to help other 
nations meet their need for trained 
manpower; and 2) to promote bet- 
ter understanding between Amer- 
ica and countries abroad. Peace 
Corps Volunteers are dedicated to 
fight poverty, illiteracy and disease 
wherever their assistance is needed. 

True, these things cannot be done 
without capital, and there must 
be counselors of technical assis- 
tance, but the main contribution 
of the Peace Corps will be to share 
the desperately needed skills which 
Americans assume as their natural 
contribution to an economically 
healthy and spiritually strong 

The program of the Peace Corps 
and the mission programs of our 
churches share a common vocabu- 
lary: the verb is "to do", and the 
preposition is not "above" or "over" 

January 26, 1963 

Page Thirteen 

* ' "Be ye doers of assistance, not 
counselors and capitalists only." 

but "with". For many years the 
churches of the United States have 
supported programs in which mis- 
sionaries worked with the people 
of underdeveloped areas of the 
world. The work in these mission 
stations is largely devoted to help- 
ing these people to help themselves. 

The Peace Corps is no substitute 
for church missions, but activities 
of the Peace Corps should make 
America even more aware of the 
needs of the new nations, and by 
so doing increase its response to 
mission efforts of the churches. If 
church groups will support the 
Peace Corps program and encour- 
age their dedicated young adults 
to become Peace Corps Volunteers, 
they will help develop a reservoir 
of potential mission personnel for 
the churches. 

The Peace Corps staff and its 
Advisory Council realize that 
church missions have been per- 
forming humanitarian work for 
generations. We believe that the 
experience and know-how of these 
groups can be of invaluable benefit 
to this new approach to interna- 
tional service. 

The experience of giving — famil- 
iar to all missionaries — is instilling 
in the young men and women of 
the Peace Corps a degree of grati- 
fication which will contribute to 

Elsie Tanaka, 22, a Volunteer from Papaaioa, Hawaii, teaches a 
Jamaican student how to sew at a rural youth camp on the island. 
Miss Tanaka, who is one of 38 Volunteers working in Jamaica, teaches 
both sewing and tailoring to several all-male classes. A home economic 
graduate from the University of Hawaii, Miss Tanaka formerly taught 
sewing at the Singer Sewing Machine Co. in Hawaii. Photo by Paul 
Hardberger, Peace Corps. 

their spiritual maturity. It is best 
expressed in the letters received 
from the Volunteers in their new 
homes among new people. Here is 
an excerpt from such a letter writ- 
ten by a Peace Corps teacher in 
the Philippines: 

The children are really some- 
thing — they are naive and in- 
nocent, almost Godlike, for 
they seem to be untouched by 
any corruption or immorality. 
Their faces are unforgettable — 
they are faces of the poor, the 
deprived, the underprivileged — 
but they are also the faces of 
the gentle, the humble, the 
bashful, grateful — and most of 
all, they are the faces of the 
eager, the willing." 

The young author of this letter 
is from Las Vegas, Nevada. It is 
apparent that she will return 
home with a dimension of spir- 
itual values which she did not 
have before her tour of service. 
For one of the tenets of the Peace 
Corps is to learn as well as to 

The calibre of the men and 
women who have volunteered for 

the Peace Corps is reflected in the 
statistics available after a year 
and a half of operation. Of the 
more than 40,000 who apphed, ap- 
proximately 5,000 were accepted. 
Of this number 3,655 are now 
overseas in 38 countries. Another 
indication of the success of the 
contribution Peace Corps Volun- 
teers are making abroad is the 
number of requests received for the 
coming year: it is estimated that 
the demand of foreign countries 
for Volunteers will reach 10,000 Vol- 
unteers by August, 1963. 

Education, agriculture and com- 
munity development are the three 
main areas in which Peace Corps 
Volunteers are serving and will 
serve in accomplishing the Peace 
Corps mission. In Africa, Asia and 
Latin America there is an urgent 
need for America's highly trained 
and conscientious manpower. 

Most Peace Corps Volunteers are 
single men and women, averag- 
ing 25 in age, although there are 
120 Volunteers over 50. There are 
a number of married couples, in- 
cluding 44 who have married after 
joining the Peace Corps. As ageless 
as their spirit of service, the older 

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people who apply for the Peace 
Corps have years of training and 
experience which they are reluctant 
to see wasted. "We decided that if 
we didn't do something now we 
never would," said one such couple 
who have behind them 30 years of 
college administration work — and 
two married daughters. "We wanted 
to throw our weight into some 
peace project rather than take the 
hands-up attitude that nothing 
could be done." This couple is now 
teaching Philippine children on the 
islands south of Luzon. They are 
helping the Peace Corps in its ef- 
fort to build a just and peace- 
ful world. 

A 22-year old American farmer 
is sowing seeds for a better life 
among the humble people of Latin 
America. In Colombia this Peace 
Corps Volunteer is coping with farm 
conditions unlike any in his native 

"Agriculture is one of the 
greatest problems they have," 
he writes of his present neigh- 
bors. "They plant with sticks 
and plow with oxen and poles, 
harvest by hand, and use the 
wind to do their threshing. 
They farm on fields that have 
a 60 to 70 degree angle. The 
livestock is of very poor qual- 
ity and . . . the grain yields are 
very low. . .1 have seen women 
and children carrying water 
one or two miles up the side of 
a mountain to their mud huts." 

"No matter what I say about 
the conditions, it is wonderful 
here. I am having an expe- 
rience most rewarding and 
know that I will not fully ap- 
preciate it for years to come 
. . .Perhaps you, at home, might 
understand a little about the 
problem, but until you see a 

GHANA. Dorothy Vellenga teaches at the W. A. Secondary School 
in Accra New Town, about five miles from the center of the city. The 
school has 280 pupils with ages ranging from 14-22; at end of 5-year 
course they take the School Certificate of the West African Examinations 
Council. Miss Vellenga is from New Concord, Ohio. Photo by John and 
Bini Moss, Black Star. 

mother following the funeral of 
her child ... or see a little girl 
searching through the trash 
for a pair of discarded shoes, 
all the words in the world put 
on paper by the best writer 
cannot describe the feeling I 
have developed for these peo- 
ple. . ." 

This dedicated Volunteer concludes: 
"It may seem futile that 62 
Peace Corps Volunteers can 
have any effect on the condi- 
tions here . . . but we will try and 
try harder than ever before. 
It takes understanding, pa- 
tience and hard work." 

Like those who serve in missions, 
the Volunteer who serves in the 
Peace Corps receives little remu- 
neration in dollars and cents. A 
payment of $75 for each month 
of service is received in the lump- 
sum total of $1800 for two years' 
service. However, the Volunteer is 
provided with food, clothing, hous- 
ing, transportation, medical care 
and a thorough training at one of 
the country's leading universities, 
often comparable to a year of grad- 
uate work. 

Response to the Peace Corps 
when it was first proposed by Pres- 
ident Kennedy was immediate and 
enthusiastic, and it continues to 
capture the interest of the Ameri- 
can people. If we are to win friends 
abroad and advance the cause of 
human dignity and freedom, the 
Peace Corps must draw recruits 
from the large number of trained, 
dedicated Americans whose sense 
of commitment has been deepened 
by a mature church life. We be- 
lieve the response will be forth- 

Editor's note: Persons who are 
interested in helping the Peace 
Corps recruit in the United States 
are urged to write Douglas Kelley, 
Director, Community Relations, 
Peace Corps, Washington 25, D. C. 



acceptance address as president of 
the United Nations' 17th General 
Assembly, Muhammad Zafrulla 
Khan of Pakistan prayed to God 
for "wisdom, understanding and 
tolerance" among members of the 
international organization. 

Said the 69-year-old Moslem 
leader: "I humbly beseech God to 
bestow upon us the wisdom, the un- 
derstanding and the tolerance that 
would enable us to order our work 
and share our decisions that they 
might serve to abolish mankind's 
ancient fears, to assuage its hurts 
and to forward the fulfillment of 
its eternal hopes. Amen." 

As a Moslem, Mr. Zafrulla Khan 
rises daily before dawn to say his 
first prayers for the day and read 
the Koran. He has been his coun- 
try's permanent representative to 
the U.N. since 1961. In 1939 he led 
India's delegation to the League 
of Nations Assembly. 

January 26, 1963 



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Joann Ingraham is from our Nap- 
panee, Indiana, church. She is a 
junior at Ashland College and is 
majoring in elementary education. 
Besides her school zvork, she sings 
in the chapel choir. During high 
school she held various local and 
district offices in Sisterhood work. 

This fall we did some "spring- 
cleaning" in the Sisterhood files. 
We found quite a few of the mission 
study books that were left over 
from previous years. It seemed to 
be such a waste to have these 
"new" books just gathering dust 
when Sisterhood girls could be get- 
ting spiritual value and enjoy- 
ment from them. We took a plan 
before the board to sell the books 
at a reduced price, and now we 
bring it to you. The societies can 
increase their church library se- 
lection for young girls or pass 
these books around for private 

The following is a list of the 
books, the number that are avail- 
able, and their reduced price: 

10 The Dayuma Story ff $3.00 
6 Pearls Are Made *' $ .90 
8 Through Gates of Splendor 

® $3.00 
1 Fog Over Hong Kong 
® $1.50 

3 Head-Hunter's Bride 
'H $2.47 

7 New Friends for Nena 
"' $.90 

1 Chama's Choice 'u $1.12 
6 By Searching €' $ .67 

2 Forty Missionary Stories 
-a $1.80 

If you are interested, please send 
the remittance with your order to 
Joann Ingraham, Myers Hall, Ash- 
land College, Ashland, Ohio. (Also, 
if you would send some extra for 
postage, it would be greatly appre- 

I hope that you will send any 
questions, problems, suggestions 
that you have along with your 

Now that our business is taken 
care of, I would like to say hello 
to each society. As I send your 
materials I often wonder how your 
society is coming along. I pray that 
through our Sisterhood societies 

Joann Ingrahann 

that we are finding new ways to 
serve our Lord. 


(Read above article) 


I want to tell the girls about 
the impressive covenant service we 
had in our church. It is such a 
lovely service. I do hope all the 
societies are taking advantage of it. 

Since all the girls of our church 
had been contacted, this was also 
used as our Kick-off Party. In 
addition, we used it to install our 
officers and to receive new mem- 

It was a rather formal affair 
with the Sisterhood girls in our 
choir loft. It was lovely to see as 
they lit their candles while the 
organ softly played. It was a serious 
moment and we each felt much 
closer to our Savior, having spent 
those moments with Him. 

We have our programs for the 
year outlined. We decided at our 
cabinet meeting to have a differ- 
ent type of program for each 

month. This month was our Candle 
Service; December, the Christmas 
program to the Flora Home; Jan- 
uary, "Come as You Are"; Febru- 
ary, "Valentine"; March, Bandage 
Rolling; April, "Our Pastor Speaks 
to Us"; May, Mother and Daughter 
Banquet; June, Public Service; 
July, Book Review by Mrs. Rus- 
sell Rodkey; August, Picnic; Sep- 
tember, Hobo Party; and October, 
Hallowe'en. We feel we can have 
a variety and still stress Daily 
Devotions and Tithing. We are 
looking forward to a good year in 
His service. 

We pray God's blessings on all 
the Sisterhood girls of the Breth- 
ren Church. May we grow in and 
glow for Him. 

Sincerely in Christ, 
Helen Dickson 
Burlington, Indiana 


I have to live with myself, and so 
I want to be for myself to know. 
Always to look myself straight in 

the eye, 
I don't want to stand, with the 

setting sun 
And hate myself for the things I've 

I want to go out with my head 

I want to deserve all men's respect; 
But here in the struggle for fame 

and self 
I want to be able to like myself. 
I don't want to look at myself and 

That I'm bluster and bluff and 

empty show 
/ never can fool myself, and so 
Whatever happens I want to be 
Self-respecting and conscience free. . 

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Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 

C. Y. Gilmer 


Oh, eyes that are weary and hearts that are sore. 
Look off unto Jesus and sorrow no more. 
The light of His countenance shineth so bright 
That on earth as in Heaven there need be no night. 

Looking off unto Jesus mine eyes cannot see 
The troubles and dangers that throng around me: 
They cannot be blinded with sorrowful tears; 
They cannot be shadowed with unbelief fears. 

Looking off unto Jesus my spirit is blest; 

In the world I have turmoil, in Him I have rest. 

The seas of my life all about me roar; 

When I look unto Jesus I hear it no more. 

Looking off unto Jesus I go not astray; 
My eyes are on Him, and He shows me the way. 
The path may seem dark as He leads me along, 
But following Jesus I cannot go wrong. 

Looking off unto Jesus, my heart cannot fear; 
Its trembling is still when I see Jesus near. 
I know that His power my safeguard will be, 
For, "Why are ye troubled?" He saith unto me. 

Soon, soon shall I know the full beauty and grace 
Of Jesus my Lord, when I stand face to face. 
I shall know His love went before me each day, 
And I'll wonder that ever my eyes turned away. 

— A Hymn. 

SOME THINK SECURITY lies in materialism, mili- 
tary preparedness, et cetera, but the Psalmist did 
not think so (Psa. 20:7). Is God the God of our na- 
tion (Psa. 33:12)? Does He plead our cause against 
"a deceitful and unjust man" (Psa. 43:1)? Do we 
think we can exalt our nation by sinning (Prov. 
14:34; Isa. 1:4)? What recourse has a nation that 
is fast forgetting God (Psa. 9:17) ? In a day when we 
are threatened with extermination we had better 
make sure "we are the Lord's" (Rom. 14:8). In case 
we are spared to live, Jesus as Saviour is the an- 
swer (Jn. 10:10; 11:25; 14:6). In case of death, He 
is our only safety and security (Phil. 1:21; Psa. 23:4). 
The only safety in the coming of the Lord is faith 
in the Lord Jesus Christ (Rev. 6:14-17). Come what 
may, we Christians still have Jesus (Matt. 17:8). 

The heroes of faith down through the centuries 
triumphed through their confidence in God (Heb. 
11:1, 2). Like them, we, too, should be "looking unto 
Jesus" (Heb. 12:1-3). "All the ends of the earth" are 
summoned to be looking unto God for salvation (Isa. 
45:22, 24). We should be looking off unto Jesus alone 

for salvation (Jn. 14:6; Acts 4:12). Let us be looking 
to Jesus as our Example (Jn. 1:36, 37; 1 Pet. 2:21). 
We should look away to Jesus, for He alone shows 
us how to walk before God (Jn. 8:29; 1 Pet. 2:22). 
Let us be looking unto Jesus for victory over sin (1 Cor. 
15:57). Let us be looking unto Jesus in order that we 
may conform to His image (2 Cor. 3:18). Because of 
our "looking unto Jesus" we shall some day be fully 
like Him (1 Jn. 3:2), and we shall see Him face to 
face (Rev. 22:4). Meanwhile, let us look to Him for 
every encouragement (Heb. 12:2-4). 

"Do you long to have more goodness 

In your common daily life? 
Do you want to be more Christlike 

In the midst of sin and strife? 
Let me tell the only sure way 

You can make this dream come true: 
Always keep your eyes on Jesus, 

He has strength for me and you." 

Sunday School Suggestions 

from the National S, S. Board 
Dick Winfield 



Part II 

LAST WEEK we introduced a TV Program for Breth- 
ren Sunday Schools — a program of Training- 
Visitation. As was pointed out at that time, this is 
not a new program; it was used by Jesus Christ Him- 
self. The remainder of that article was given over to 
suggestions for putting the first part of the pro- 
gram — Training — into action. 

In this article we want to consider the second half 
of this TV Program — Visitation. 

In the Parable of the Great Supper, Jesus relates 
that the Lord of the Parable said unto his servant, 
"Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel 
them to come in, that my house may be filled" (Luke 
14:23b). This, it seems to me, is somewhat the mis- 
sion we have before us today, going out, contacting 
people, and bringing them into the "Lord's House." 

There are two facets to this program: (1) Absentee 
Visitation and (2) Prospect Visitation. 

ABSENTEE VISITATION: On any particular Sun- 
day there are always a number of members absent 
from any Sunday School. The wise Sunday School will 
establish a program for reaching these "missing per- 
sons." Such a program can be largely carried out by 
the teachers and departmental superintendents, with 
the help of the Pastor and a Visitation Secretary. For 
some suggestions for carrying out such a program, 
see Rev. Richard Allison's fine article, "Building A 
Sunday School," in the Dec. 1, 1962 issue of the Evan- 
gelist. In this particular article, he suggests that an 
absentee be visited as many as eight consecutive times 

January 26, 1963 

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before his name is dropped from the roll. The worth 
of such a program of absentee visitation has been 
demonstrated in many Sunday Schools. 

PROSPECT VISITATION: This is a visitation pro- 
gram designed to "reach the unreached." It involves 
the following: 

Securing Prospects — Names of unchurched prospects 
can be obtained from various sources. The most im- 
mediate source is the Sunday School itself — non- 
attending parents of children that do attend; other 
relatives and friends of Sunday School members. 

Practically every person that attends your Sunday 
School can provide the name of at least one un- 
churched person. In addition, community religious sur- 
veys provide prospects. 

Securing and Preparing Workers — This is perhaps 
the most difficult part of the program, securing work- 
ers. How can it be done? I think the personal ap- 
proach works best. Requests for workers from the 
pulpit or from the bulletin usually do little good. The 
Pastor and/or S. S. Superintendent must personally 
ask various individuals to help. In addition most people 
are more willing to help if they know they will receive 
some instruction and preparation. Such preparation 
should be provided. A little book, VISITATION MADE 
EASY by C. S. Lovett (available through the Breth- 
ren Publishing Co.) is very helpful for this purpose. 
This book can be read individually or used as a basis 
for a visitation workshop. 

The Actual Visiting — Once again a Visitation Secre- 
tary is needed to assign prospects to workers, keep 
records, and in some cases make sure that the visit 
is made. The visitation program should be carried 
out systematically. Perseverance is required (one visit 
is usually not enough) . 

A program of visitation is not an easy one to carry 
out. And yet it is a very important and necessary pro- 
gram. It also has its rewards. Just seeing one or two 
or more families enter your church for the first time 
makes it all seem worthwhile. 

Spiritual Meditations 

Dyoli Beiote 


"Blessed be the Lord, because He hath heard the 
voice of my supplications." Ps. 28:6. 

THE PERSONS WHO STORE in their minds the 
rich promises of God's grace and love pass 
through the changes of inventions and discoveries, 
and even the rise and fall of nations, and do not 
panic at all these changes. For all these changes 
transpire, and change the expression of life about 
us, but God never changes. Like His Beloved Son, 
"God is the same yesterday, today and forever." 

A group of people were visiting the famous Carlsbad 
Caverns in New Mexico. In the group making the visit 
to the natural underground cathedral, were two chil- 
dren, one a twelve-year-old girl and a younger brother. 
At one place in the journey through the cave the 
guide was accustomed to turn off the lights for a 
moment of quietness and meditation. Not all the 
visitors were impressed in the same way by the ex- 

The little boy, inexperienced in such unaccustomed 
happenings, burst into tears. The grown-ups may have 
experienced a spiritual uplift, but not the lad. And 
then came the profound lesson of the occasion as the 
sister's voice sounded in the stillness, "Don't cry. 
Sonny. Don't be afraid. Someone's here who knows 
where the lights are, and he can turn them on." 

In the darkness of worldly terrors and unknown 
threatened disasters, God knows where the lights are, 
and He can and will turn the lights on at the proper 
time. Only trust Him. 

World Religious News 

in Review 


NEW YORK (ep) — ^A series of anti- 
religious essays written by Mark 
Twain (Samuel Clemens) , long 
withheld from publication because 
they were "too inflamatory," will 
be pubhshed here by Harper & Row. 

The essays were reportedly writ- 
ten when the novelist was grieving 
over the deaths of his wife and 
daughter. His surviving daughter, 
Mrs. Clara Clemens Samossoud, 88, 
who had refused to give permission 
before, is permitting publication 

now because she feels that public 
opinion has become more tolerant 
of such writings. 

In 1959 Harper & Brothers pub- 
lished Autobiography of Mark 
Twain, edited by Charles Neider. 
At that time five chapters were de- 
leted because of their anti-religious 
tenor. Because of this, Soviet critics 
have long condemned U. S. censor- 
ship. Twain is a literary hero in 
the USSR. 

It was through Mr. Neider's ef- 
forts that Mrs. Samossoud relented 
and allowed Harper & Row to pub- 
lish the essays. 

Under the title, "Letters From 
the Earth," the book of essays was 
edited by the late Bernard DeVoto 
in 1939, but was not published when 
Mrs. Samossoud withdrew her con- 

In one section of the volume, 
Mark Twain wrote as Satan, giv- 
ing detailed reports to the Arch- 
angels Gabriel and Michael, which 
states that inhabitants of the earth 
suffer from what he described as 
ludicrous religious beliefs. 




massacre of Christians by heathen 
people in the North Baliem Valley 
of West New Guinea has been re- 
ported to Australian Baptists. Al- 
though information is not complete, 
it is known that at least 80 baptized 

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native believers in the Australian 
Baptist mission area have been 
martyred and 30 villages burned 
out. Ninety other Baptists Vi'ere in- 


ST. CLOUD, MINN. (EP) — President 
Kennedy agreed to change the 
time of his address before a 
Democratic campaign gathering 
here when local pastors complained 

that the hour conflicted with 
church services. 

When it was announced that Mr. 
Kennedy was scheduled to speak 
at 11 a. m., Oct. 7, members of the 
St. Cloud Ministerial Association 
drafted a protest to the chief exec- 
utive, requesting that he speak at 
a time not in conflict with church 

Shortly thereafter, officials of the 
Democratic-Farmer Labor Party 
announced Mr. Kennedy would not 
arrive in St. Cloud until noon Sun- 

day and "would speak some time 
after that." The exact time was not 
announced, but the political leaders 
said it would not conflict with 
church services. 


The piece of fruit which Eve gave 
to Adam in the Garden of Eden 
could not have been an apple. 

Dr. Tatham Whitehead, noted 
British botanist, claims this is true 
because he has collected 148 species 
(ranging from grasses to a descen- 



He will if he knows that you need him — just 
as your family doctor will come without being 
called if he knows that you have been struck 
by a hit-and-run driver and are lying uncon- 
scious on the highway. But it often happens that 
your minister does not know that you need him, 
and just as your doctor cannot help you with 
your bodily pains if he does not realize that you 
have them, so your minister cannot assist you 
with your spiritual needs if he is unaware that 
you are facing them. You would call your doc- 
tor if you wanted to see him. Call your minister 
in the same way. 


As soon as you feel the need of him. If you 
wait to think the matter over, you may lose your 
courage and lose the chance to take a significant 
step forward. Of course, you will not call him in 
the middle of the night if your problem is 
chronic and nothing will be lost by waiting until 
morning; and if your minister keeps regular 
hours for study and the preparation of his ser- 
mons, you will not interrupt him without good 
reason. But err on the side of calling rather 
than refraining from calling. At any time of day 
or night — if you feel you need your minister, 
call him. 

Anything that troubles you. It is not that 
ministers are able to solve all of your dilemmas, 
but if they cannot help you themselves, they 
will know to whom to send you — perhaps a 
social service worker, a psychiatrist, a doctor, 
a mariage counsellor, or a vocational guidance 
expert. Religious uncertainties, ethical decisions, 
emotional disturbances, social relationships, ill- 
ness, the need for hospitalization, the imminence 

of death — take any of them to your minister. He 
is concerned about anything which is important 
to you. 

By all means call your minister! Call him your- 
self, and call him early. A Christian wedding is 
far less a social event than a religious ceremony, 
and it is of the utmost importance that you con- 
sult your minister at the earliest possible mo- 
ment. So, too, at the time of death in the family. 
The disposition of the dead body is of much 
less consequence to the Christian than the wel- 
fare of the immortal soul, and untold anguish 
can often be lifted from a bereaved family if 
its members have a trusted spiritual counsellor 
at their side in the first moments of their loss. 
The most grievous mistakes in funeral arrange- 
ments are often made in the first hour or two 
after the loved one's death. So, let your minister 
be the first person you call when a loved one 
has died. 


You certainly should! Of course, you will not 
call him merely to pass on malicious gossip, and 
you will not trouble him with matters which 
are of no concern to him. But when new people 
move into your neighborhood or members of the 
church have moved away; when someone in the 
parish is facing illness, hospitalizatoin, death or 
other special hardships; when neighbors or 
friends seem ready to become members of the 
church or enroll their children in the church 
school; when you discover unused talents among 
the church's members which might find profit- 
able employment in the church's ministry — call 
your minister. 

Whenever you are in doubt whether or not 
to call your minister, always remember that you 
will probably be making a mistake if you don't, 
from John T. Byler's bulletin. 

January 36, 1963 

Page Nineteen 

dant of manna) from the Middle 
East and there's not one apple 
among them. There is, however, an 
apricot tree. 

The apple tree of Genesis, says 
Dr. Whitehead, was not indigenous 

to the area in modern Iraq where 
presumably the Garden of Eden 
was located. "Even now, with ir- 
rigation and fertilizer, an apple 
grown there is a miserable, 
wizened-up affair." But succulent 

apricots and sour-tasting quinces 
did flourish, just as did the fig trees 
whose leaves covered Adam and 
Eve when they were expelled from 
the garden, according to the bot- 
anist. (EP). 


hy Walter E. Isenhour 

DID YOU EVER pour water or 
some other kind of fluid into 
a vessel and find that it had a little 
leak? No doubt you have. Perhaps 
the leak was so small that it only 
lost a drop occasionally. However, 
in a few days or weeks the fluid 
leaked out, or would have leaked 
out if you had not stopped it. 

Thus it is with one's Christian 
experience, or with some good trait 
and characteristic of life. There 
springs a tiny leak in the prayer 
life and one gradually goes less 
frequently to the place where he 
prays, and is less fervent in prayer. 
Other things crowd in and take 
a few minutes of his time each day 
that should be spent alone with 
God in communion and fellowship 
through prayer and quiet medita- 
tion. He becomes a little more hur- 
ried when he prays, and doesn't 
go to the place of prayer as often 
as he used to, consequently, there 
is a losing out in the prayer life. 
If this is kept up one may grad- 
ually cease to pray, and just as 
gradually he weakens spiritually 
until he is lean in his heart and 
soul and realizes that he is back- 
slidden to the bottom. 

Watch the leakage in prayer. 
Turn back to God and the place 
of prayer; ask God's forgiveness, 
and then renew your prayer life, or 
the eternal consequences may be 
dreadful. Remember, "Men ought 
always to pray, and not to faint." 

There may spring a little leak in 
one's Bible reading and study, 
which may not seem to amount to 
anything much. But little by little 
one may neglect his Bible and 
spend more and more time reading 
something that is lacking in merit 
I and soul food. Cheap and worth- 
J less literature may become enticing, 
and as one gradually loses out with 
God's Word, such worthless lit- 
erature may become paramount in 
his Ufe. Watch this leak, or it may 

empty your mind, heart and soul 
of God's grace. Nothing should take 
the place of the blessed old Bible 
in your reading. 

There is the little leak in Sunday 
School and church attendance that 
empties many people of their 
Christian experience, along with 
the gradual absence from the mid- 
week prayer service. 

Radio and television keeps one 
away from church now and then — 
just occasionally at first, but it 
gradually becomes more frequent 
until after a while the church may 
be entirely forsaken. This is a sol- 
emn and deplorable fact with 
many, many people, or becomes a 
fact through some other cause. Bet- 
ter watch this leak, dear soul, or 
you may become a spiritual pauper. 
"Let us consider one another to 
provoke unto love and good works: 
not forsaking the assembling of 
ourselves together, as the manner 
of some is; but exhorting one 
another: and so much the more, 
as we see the day approaching" 
(Heb. 10:24, 25). 

Let me call your attention to the 
leakage in giving to God's cause 
and kingdom. To prevent this leak- 
age one should be a conscientious 
and faithful tither. This is God's 
plan and way of rightly and boun- 
tifully supporting the Gospel, along 
with offerings from our remaining 
nine-tenths (Read Malachi, third 
chapter. ) 

Too many professed Christians 
don't tithe their income, nor give 
offerings. One may even be a tither 
and gradually quit. Then one who 
isn't a tither may give rather liber- 
ally but a little leakage comes into 
his giving. Maybe withholding a 
nickel, or dime, or even a dollar 
now and then, until he finally uses 
all his income for something else. 

Watch your leakage in giving! 
Better stop the little leak today. 
It would be much better to even 

increase your giving rather than 
decrease it. "The liberal soul shall 
be made fat," not the selfish, stingy 
soul. In fact there are no selfish, 
stingy Christians. 

There can be many little leaks 
that eventually empty the soul of 
its grace and blessed experience, 
but in closing let me mention the 
leakage of love. Whatever tends 
to cause one to lose his love for 
God and his fellowmen is a leak- 
age that can become serious and 
even tragic. We are taught in the 
Holy Bible, "Thou shalt love the 
Lord thy God with all thy heart, 
and with all thy soul, and with all 
thy mind. This is the first and 
great commandment. And the sec- 
ond is like unto it. Thou shalt love 
thy neighbor as thyself" (Matt. 
22:37-39) . Paul tells us, "Let broth- 
erly love continue" (Heb. 13:1). 
There is no justifiable cause be- 
fore God for one's love to leak out. 
It is to continue as long as we live 
on earth, and then when we go out 
to meet God it will last forever. 

If one finds his love leaking out, 
and he doesn't love God and man- 
kind as he used to, it is then high 
time to get to the foot of the cross 
and weep — cry one's heart out to 
God for a restoring of His precious, 
sacred love. The enemy of our 
souls seeks to put something into 
our hearts to crowd God's love out. 
It may not have to be much. A 
little selfishness, a little pride, a 
little worldliness, a little hatred, 
a little jealousy, a little envy, or 
malice, and so on, and love leaks 
out. Then the heart may become 
bitter instead of sweet; may be- 
come haughty instead of humble; 
may become critical, stubborn, un- 
forgiving, along with a distaste for 
the godly, righteous and holy. Dear 
heart, dear soul, you had better 
watch the leakage of love. It may 
rob you of all that is worth while 
in life and keep you out of heaven. 

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UR STUDY for this month will be the doctrine 
of salvation. 
Definition — Salvation is deliverance from the 
povifer of sin and death. 

It is God's will that you should be saved because 
God is love and He wants all men to be saved. 

A. I John 4:8 

B. Ezekiel 33:11; 18:23, 32 

C. I Timothy 2:4 

D. II Peter 3:9 

God has revealed His love to you by giving His 
only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. 
A. John 3:16 




I Tim. 1:15 
Romans 5:8 
I John 4:9, 10 
Matt. 10:11 
Luke 19:10 



You can only be saved by the grace of God. 

A. Acts 4:12 

B. Romans 3:23, 24 

C. Ephesians 2:8, 9 

D. Galatians 3:16 

E. Titus 3:5-7 

and believe in 

You must repent of your sins 
Jesus Christ to be saved. 

A. John 3:36 

B. Mark 1:11; 16:16 

C. Luke 9:23; 14:27 

D. Matt. 10:38; 16:24 

E. Acts 16:30, 31 

The way of salvation is pointed out in the Holy 

A. II Timothy 3:15 

B. John 5:39 



by Rev. Carl Barber 

A BEL WAS a sinner! 

Does that shock you? Abel was a sinner? 

Just this moment the thought came to my mind. 
Through my lifetime I have created some kind of 
a special niche for Abel. I have imagined Abel to be 
a super creature, a perfect man, one without sin; 
but I have been wrong. 

God's Word says, "As by one man sin entered into 
the world, and death by sin; and so death passed 
upon all men, for that all have sinned" (Romans 5:12) . 
I have been reading it, "... for that all, except Abel, 
have sinned." Since Abel was the son of Adam, the 
first man, sin also entered into him — like father, like 
son. That's right, Abel was a sinner. 

Isn't it pretty easy for us to do the same with our 
name? All, except ME, have sinned? 

It is not recorded in God's Word that Abel was 
such a terrible sinner. He is not accused of being a 

murderer, a thief, an adulterer, an idolater, or even 
irreverent. Maybe you're not such a bad guy, and I 
don't think I'm too awful, as humans go; but listen, 
"All our righteounesses are as filthy rags." (Isaiah 
64:6J. Regardless how good Abel was, he was still 
stained with sin and unfit for the Kingdom of God, 
Regardless how good you and I might be, we're not 
good enough to enter into the Kingdom of God. 

Nor is it recorded that Abel was an angel. He was 
a man. Abel was a man who had the same tempta- 
tions that you have. Abel undoubtedly gave in to some 
of those temptations. It's possible that Abel was a 
thief, an adulterer, an idolater, and even irreverent. 

These are two of the most important words in the 
Bible, "BUT GOD—." 

"BUT GOD commendeth his love toward us, in 
that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" 
(Romans 5:8) . 
Abel Is Righteous 

Abel was a sinner. 

Abel was also righteous. 

"By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent 
sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness 
that he was righteous..." (Hebrews 11:4). The Amp- 

January 26, 1963 

lifted New Testament adds this explanatory note to 
Hebrews 11:4, "that he was upright and in right stand- 
ing with God." 

Even though Abel was a sinner, NOW he is right- 
eous, upright and in right standing with God. No 
longer is Abel separated from God, NOW he is right 
with the Lord. 

Are you right with the Lord? If so, you are right- 
eous. If not, you are just another sinner. Abel was 
a sinner, but he is also righteous. 

God Made Abel Righteous 

"By faith Abel offered..., by which he obtained 
witness that he was righteous" (Hebrews 11:4). "By 

When Abel made his sacrifice, it was a demonstra- 
tion of his faith in God. Faith means more than just 
believing. It means placing one's life in the hands of 
God and trusting him with every bit of it. 

In Romans 4:3, Paul discusses this relationship 
of faith and righteousness. "Abraham believed God 
and it was counted unto him for righteousness." The 
Greek language really says that Abraham trusted, 
or had faith in, God. When Abraham actually placed 
his life in the hands of God and trusted the future 
to him, when Abel actually placed his life in the hands 
of God and trusted Him with every bit of it, then 
God saw them as righteous men. By faith, Abel, by faith 
Abraham, by faith you and I are counted as righteous. 
"To him that worketh not, but believeth (that is, 
trusteth) on him that justifieth the ungodly, his 
faith is counted for righteousness" (Romans 4:5). 

We demonstrate our faith in God, and He makes 
us righteous. 

"Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace 
with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 

A Righteous Man Makes a Sacrifice 

Because Abel offers his sacrifice "by faith", be- 
cause he is righteous, the offering is acceptable unto 
God. An unrighteous man cannot make an acceptable 
sacrifice unto the Lord. "The sacrifice of the wicked 
is an abomination unto the Lord, but the prayer of 
the upright is his delight" (Proverbs 15:8). Abel is 
righteous, and he did present an acceptable sacrifice 
unto the Lord. If you are righteous, and I pray that 
you are, what sacrifice are you presenting unto the 

"Yes," you might say, "I am sacrificing a lot for 
the Lord." 

Are- you? 

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies 
of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacri- 
fice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reason- 
able service" (Romans 12:1). The chances are better 
than even that we haven't presented our bodies to the 
Lord as a sacrifice, a living sacrifice. We give our 
"dead" body to the Lord for two hours each Sunday. 
Is that a LIVING sacrifice? This sacrifice is to be liv- 
ing. It is also to be holy. To be holy is to be cleansed 
and consecrated to the Lord. As Paul says, "dead unto 
sin, but alive unto God. . ." (Romans 6:11). It is also 
to be acceptable unto God. Christian friend, if you 
present your body to the Lord in faith, trusting every 
bit of it to Him, it will be acceptable to Him. Abel 

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presented his sacrifice by faith and it was acceptable, 
and so will yours. 

With Abel begins a long line of men, young and old, 
who walked by faith. From Abel to Seth to Enos to 
Cainan, to thousands and thousands since then until 
now, men have walked by faith. Yes, you are a sinner 
like Abel was, but you have the opportunity of being 
righteous like Abel, if you, by faith, trust in Him. 




As I write, the laymen of the Linwood Brethren 
Church are in the midst of preparation for the holi- 
day season. We have planted a large tree on the lawn 
and plan to sing carols around it. 

Why is it that such a small percentage of the male 
members of our churches are members of the Lay- 
men's Group? Is it because we do not take our Chris- 
tian responsibility seriously? We loudly sing, "Onward 
Christian Soldiers," on Sunday morning, but if some- 
one asks us to take on a service for the church we 
are often quick to find an excuse. God has provided 
us with the armor to serve Him. . .the shield of faith, 
the breastplate of righteousness and the sword of 
the Spirit. God makes no provision for our backs. Let 
us face up to our responsibilities and duties in the 
church, and with God's help, resolve to be more faith- 
ful stewards in the coming year. 

Wm. McKinstry, corr. sec. 


He was a nondescript individual, one who 
would have easily gone unnoticed anywhere. 
Meek and humble, he came each Lord's day, to 
the church, to, as he said, pay his respects to 
the Lord. 

The church members paid little attention to 
him as he quietly came and went his way each 
week. If any gave him a passing thought, it was 
perhaps with pity at his humble circumstances. 
Certainly, no one wondered when the offering 
plate always passed him by. It was not ex- 
pected, no doubt they thought, of one so poor, 
to give. 

Yet, each month, on pay day, he came to the 
church office, with the tithe of the modest 
salary which he made from his lowly position. 

One day, one of the church secretaries said, 
"Why do you make this special trip each month? 
Why don't you wait and bring your tithe on 

The man slowly replied, "I can't do that. As 
soon as I get paid I must bring my money to 
the church. You see, I have a bad heart. The 
doctor tells me that I may go at any time. So 
I want to be sure that my tithe is in the church. 
I don't want God's money in my pocket when 
I go!" 

The United Evangelical. 

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B rethren 



nnwO DAYS BEFORE her second 
1 birthday, little Robin Rogers 
— the daughter of Roy Rogers and 
and wife Dale Evans Rogers — passed 

The child, always a fragile baby, 
died as a result of complications 
after an attack of the mumps. 
The tragedy shattered the peace 
and happiness of the entire Rogers 

In crisis, Roy and Dale turned to 
God, and there found deepened 
faith and courage which sustained 
them. They felt a renewed chal- 
lenge to serve others and to com- 
municate to them their enthusiasm 
for following Christ. 

They were especially inspired by 
the biblical passage from Hebrews 
13:2: "Do not neglect to show hos- 
pitality to strangers; for thereby 
some have entertained angels un- 

Dale soon wrote a book, ANGEL 
UNAWARE, which is cherished by 
parents everywhere. It has inspired 
many persons to take a closer walk 
with God. 

The proceeds from that book and 
from another, MY SPIRITUAL 
DIARY, have been contributed 
wholly to the welfare of countless 
retarded boys and girls. These funds 
are channeled through the National 
Association for Retarded Children. 

These two motion picture and 
television entertainers probably 
have visited more hospitals than 
any other celebrities in show busi- 
ness. As Roy explained: 

"Children really are responsible 
for the success we enjoy, and when 
they can't come to see us while 
we are on tour, we go to see them." 

Mr. and Mrs. Rogers attend the 
Chatsworth Community Methodist 
Church. It is less than a mile from 
their 136-acre ranch home in the 
small town of Chatsworth, which 
is at the edge of the city limits 
of Los Angeles, Calif. 

Roy and Dale are intensely ac- 
tive both in religious work and in 
activities in behalf of retarded boys 
and girls everywhere. They have 
contributed much time to the needs 
and programs of various faiths. 

They have devoted considerable 
effort to bringing morality to the 
entertainment business. The Rogers 
are noted humanitarians. During 
his career, Rogers has done more 
than five thousand charitable per- 
formances — about an average of 
one a day. 

Recently, at its 120th annual 
commencement, Bethany College — 
West Virginia's oldest school — con- 
ferred the honorary degrees of 
Doctor of Humanics upon both Roy 
and Dale. The citation, written by 
Dr. David F. Ross, Harvard Univer- 
sity-educated Phi Beta Kappa 
scholar who is dean of the faculty 
at Bethany, said: 

"Roy Rogers and Dale Evans 
Rogers, in the simple purity of 
your faith you have grasped the 
essential fact that the hope and 
future of humanity are in its chil- 
dren. You have given unstintingly, 
not only of your time and treasure, 
but of yourselves, to the end that 
little children might find a warm 
hand of comfort and friendship 
in a world of spiritual darkness. 

"You have devoted your lives to 
receiving little children in Jesus' 
name. You have repaid your obli- 

gation to the children of the world, 
and left a legacy, in your good 
works and your example, more en- 
during and of greater worth than 
all the miles of film that bear your 

Roy gives much credit for his 
accomplishments and popularity to 
Dale Evans, the lovely woman who 
became his wife and co-star. The 
two were married at the ranch of 
the then governor of Oklahoma 
on Dec. 31, 1947. 

Robin Elizabeth was born to Roy 
and Dale on Aug. 26, 1950, and 
died two years later. Roy, a wid- 
ower, already had three children. 
Now, the children in the Roy Rog- 
ers' family, together with Dale's 
son by an earlier marriage, Tom 
Fox, number eight. Tom is a teach- 
er and choir leader in Montrose, 

The Rogers have adopted four 
children. Included are a child 
brought back from an Eastern tour 
in October of 1952, another from 
Scotland, and still another from 
Seoul, Korea. Another was from 

It is obvious to those who know 
them that Roy and Dale have a 
nearly perfect marriage. 

"The good Lord must have had 
a real thoughtful day when he 
sent Dale my way," Roy says, "be- 
cause things have been pretty won- 
derful ever since." 

As in most families, life on the 
Roy Rogers ranch centers around 
Mom. "I never plan too far ahead," 
Dale admits frankly, "because I 
want to be free to appear with Roy 
whenever he wants me to. Frankly, 
I enjoy my role as a mother more 

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'than any of the professional parts 
I play, so for the most part I'm 
a homebody." 

Monday evenings are always re- 
served for Roy and Dale to at- 
tend the Hollywood Christian Group 
meetings. This is a nondenomina- 
tional organization whose sole pur- 
pose is to promote faith in the 
ranks of the entertainment indus- 
try. The Rogers are two of the 
300 members. 

"People have sometimes asked 
how we dare to mix religion with 
show business," Dale said. "The 
honest answer is that we have dis- 
covered our critics to be in the very 
small minority and that thousands 
write to us to say how much they 
have been enriched by the fact that 
during our shows we many times 
include one of the beautiful hymns 
or songs with a spiritual lift." 

The Rogers receive about five 
thousand letters a week. 

In September 1957 the ten thou- 
sand members of the non-secta- 
rian, non-political organization, 
Knights of the Round Table, voted 
Roy the Honorary Knight for Life 
Award. This was the first time the 
honor had been given to anyone 
in show business. 

Previous Americans so honored 
were Luther Burbank, Charles 
Evans Hughes, Rear Admiral Rich- 
ard Byrd, and Coach Amos Alonzo 
Stagg. The citation, which is an 
important definition of Roy's con- 
tributions to his fellowmen, reads: 

"...for distinguished service to 
his country and to humanity in the 
fields of clean and wholesome en- 
tertainment, unselfish and effective 
leadership in service to the home- 
less and orphaned children and to 
the mentally retarded, and as a 
volunteer entertainer to the mem- 
bers of the armed forces." 

Fellow-entertainers of the Mas- 
quers Club gave Roy and Dale the 
George Spelvin Award in recogni- 
tion of their humanitarian services. 
They received the first service 
awards of the National Association 
for Retarded Children. Roy has re- 
ceived the American Legion Award 
for Americanism; citations from 
the Army, Navy and Treasury De- 
partment for the morale works in 
World War II and the 4-H Club 
Alumni winner award. 

Each Saturday morning, the Roy 
Rogers show is on the full CBS-TV 
network of 135 stations. Then for 
the past four years, the Rogers have 
been on several spectaculars an- 
nually on NBC-TV. 

Roy has appeared in 91 motion 
pictures, recorded more than 150 
popular songs. Dale has written 
seventeen popular songs. 

A man of many interests, Roy 
provides employment for more than 
two thousand people across the 
country through Roy Rogers En- 
terprises, which sells products 
from blue jeans to toy stage 
coaches. It grosses in excess of $30 
million. He is part owner of the 
Yellow Jacket Boat Company. He 
owns a 327-acre rice ranch and a 
160-acre peach ranch, and has 
learned to fly his own airplane. 

Although Roy has become "big 
business" in many fields, he remains 
a down-to-earth human being who 
can enjoy life because of his knack 
for surrounding himself with loyal 

At a time when he had no per- 
sonal agent two decades ago, he 
met W. Arthur Rush, a fellow Ohio- 
an and a Bethany College graduate. 
After a luncheon together they 
shook hands, formalizing a long 
time contract which has never been 
put on paper. 

Today, Art Rush, Inc., which rep- 
resents other outstanding talent, 
still handles Roy's management. 
Rush is vice president of Roy Rogers 
Frontiers, Inc., of which Roy is 

Roy, an inveterate sportsman, 
has hunted big game in Africa and 
Alaska. He has brought home many 
trophies which have been installed 
in the large game room at his 
Double R Bar ranch, along with his 
fine gun collection. It includes a 
pair of gold pistols valued at $5,- 
000; a long barreled rifle once 
owned by Daniel Boone, and a pistol 
that was once General Custer's. 

The "king of the cowboys" also 
races pigeons, plays a good game 
of golf on occasion. On the less 
athletic side, he collects books and 
mementos of the Old West. 

A native of Cincinnati, Roy lived 
for a time on a houseboat at Ports- 
mouth, Ohio, and later on a farm 
at Duck Run, Ohio. In his early 
teens, he learned to ride when his 
father gave him a black mare 

named Babe, which formerly had 
been a sulky racer. Roy taught him- 
self every trick he could learn 
including the running "crouper" 

One of his most exciting child- 
hood achievements was winning a 
4-H Club fair blue ribbon with a 
pet pig named Evangeline. At the 
bottom of the depression he and 
his father and the family drove to 
California. Roy got a job driving 
a gravel truck, worked as a fruit 
picker and in spare time played 
and sang accompanied by a $20 
guitar he'd purchased (and still 
has) in a Cincinnati pawn shop. He 
received experience singing with 
the Sons of the Pioneers in radio. 

His big break in the movies came 
when he heard about a studio au- 
dition for singing cowboys when he 
stopped in at a Glendale, Calif., 
tailor shop to have his hat cleaned. 
Roy rushed to Republic studios, 
got the job, and within three years 
rose to stardom in "Under Western 
Stars." In 1938, Roy bought Trigger 
for $2,500. Six years ago, Roy pur- 
chased a second similarly gifted 
golden palomino which he named 
Trigger, Jr. 

"All of my success I owe to God's 
will and his grace in bringing me 
the friendship of so many chil- 
dren through the years," Roy said. 
"Their prayers keep me going." 

— James W. Carty, Jr. 
Copyrighted by The General 
Commission on Chaplains 
and Armed Forces Personnel 
and reprinted with permis- 

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The Ardmore Brethren Youth 
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V. President — Becky Colvin 
Secretary — Joyce Cole 
Treasurer — Carol Boggs 
Sponsors — Mrs. Wm. Cole 
Mrs. Fred Horn 
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President — Dennis Kring 
V. President — Grace Shidler 
Secretary — Barbara Basham 
Treasurer — Steven Cole 
The Juniors are selling fruit 
cakes to raise money for projects 
and the Seniors are having a spag- 
hetti supper for their part in the 

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To be thoroughly Christian "Speak oft with 
the Lord." 


Said a selfish old bee at the close of the day, 

"This colony business doesn't pay, 

I put my honey in that old hive 

That others may eat and live and thrive. 

And I do more in a day you'll see 

Than some of the others do in three. 

I toil and worry and save and hoard 

And all I get is my room and board. 

It's me for a hive I can run myself, 

And me for the sweets of my hardearned pelf." 

So the old bee flew to a meadow lone, 
And started a business all his own. 
He gave no thought to the buzzing clan 
But all intent on his selfish plan — 
He lived the life of a hermit free. 
"Ah, this is great," said the silly old bee. 
But the summer waned and the days grew drear, 
And the lone bee wailed as he dropped a tear. 
For the varmints gobbled his little store. 
And his wax played out and his heart grew sore. 
So he winged his way to the old home band. 
And took his meals at "The Helping Hand." 

Alone our work is of little worth, 
Together we are the lords of the earth. 
So it's all for each and each for all, 
"United we stand, divided we fall." 

— Sel. 

If enough of us pray enough, we can do any- 
thing that is good enough. 


There are some boys who do not get all their 
rights. That means that they do not get some 
things that they really ought to have. Here are 
some of the things to which every boy has a 
right, and for which he ought to strive with 
all his might. 

First, a boy has a right to a strong body. Any- 
thing that others do to prevent this, or that 
he himself does to hinder it, is a wrong to the 

Second, a boy has a right to a clear, strong 
brain. This means that he has a right to study. 

Third, a boy has a right to tools. He deserves 
to have his fingers educated. He has a right 
to work. 

Fourth, a boy has a right to make friends- 
friends that will make him more manly. Because 
it helps friendship as well as bodily strength, 
he has a right to play. 

Fifth, a boy has a right to character. He has 
a right to be measured, not for what he can 
earn, but what he can be. 

— Pillar of Fire. 

Where there is no vision there is no "Here 
am I, send me." 

February 2, 1963 

Page Three 


membership is showing a de- 
cline, for the first time in many 
years. Recently released statis- 
tics indicate what may be a level- 
ing off in the growth rate of 
churches in the United States. 

Church membership records 
indicate that since 1850, there 
has been only one previous year 
in which there was a percentage 
decrease, and that was in 1870. 
The phenomenal growth in 
church membership in the 
United States has long been a 
source of pride, and, undoubt- 
edly, has been a contributing 
factor in the building of the 
citizenry we have today. 

For the record, the 1961 to- 
tal membership of all religious 
bodies, was 116,109,929, or 63.4 
per cent of the total population. 
One of the greatest years of per- 
centage gain was 1958 when it 
was five per cent. If the 1961 
trend is the picture of things 
to come it means that churches 
are not keeping pace with the 
population growth. Although 
the figures indicate a very small 
percentage drop, yet it should 
serve as a warning that churches 
need to enlarge their outreach 
and expansion programs. 

Churches fail to keep pace 
with the needs of their area, 

1. Evangelism is not the cen- 
ter of their program. "Evangel- 
ize, or die" is the ultimate an- 
swer! Christ said, "Go ye!" 

Don't wait for the people to come 
to you. Any church which does 
not have at the moment a work- 
ing program for reaching the un- 
churched in their own area, 
might as well right now close 
its doors and save the agony of 
a slow death. The spirit of the 
Lord's message was for the 
Christian to reach out and win 
the lost to Him. This must ever 
be the message of your church, 
or your church does not have 
a message. 

2. There is no worthwhile 
program. Watch it, dear friends. 
Why is your church planning 
services for next Sunday? Be- 
cause it will have been a week 
since last Sunday and "we al- 
ways hold services on Sunday"? 
If the purpose of holding a ser- 
vice in your church is to get 
through to the benediction, just 
to keep your record clear, then 

You Can Help Present 
the Message of Salvation to 
Lost Men and Women 




you haven't much purpose. Yet 
how many churches hold how 
many services with no more in 
mind than just that? And how 
many times have we sat back 
and failed to provide well- 
equipped class rooms, rest rooms, 
parking areas, etc., for the con- 
venience of people we should 
be winning to Christ? 

3. The church is meaningless 
to the members. How many mem- 
bers of your church claim mem- 
bei-ship for burial purposes, yet 
offer nothing more to encourage 
the growth of the church ? Why 
should the unchurched consider 
joining your church if it appears 
the church means nothing to 

4. The church member 
doesn't live like a Christian. In 
order to become a part of some- 
thing as sacred as a church, a 
person must see some real rea- 
son for doing so. If the mem- 
bers of the church do not live 
any differently than the non- 
church member, what point is 
there in joining? 

If your church is failing to 
grow, it is reasonable to assume 
that one or more of the above 
factors plays a part. There is 
a sure cure, and, if applied, will 
transform your church into the 
soul-winning institution the 
Lord intended it to be. Churches 
will gix>w when the members love 
the sinner as Christ loves him, 
and the salvation and nourish- 
ing of his eternal soul becomes 
the paramount reason for exis- 
tence and operation! W. S. B. 

Page Four 

The Brethren Evangelist 


tor Arthur F. Collins was recently 
elected 1963 Chairman of the Lower 
Bucks County Christian Business 
Men's Committee. 

GRETNA, OHIO. Brother L. V. King 
notes that a recent telephone in- 
vitation campaign of one week re- 
sulted in a total of 79 calls com- 

WARSAW, INDIANA. "Open House" 
at the parsonage, recently occupied 
by new pastor and family, Brother 
and Sister Paul D. Tinkel, was 
scheduled for January 20th. 

Brother Tinkel notes that plans 
are being formed toward the erec- 
tion of a badly-needed educational 
building. Brother Tinkel adds, "We 
are hoping to start the spring of 

ROANN, INDIANA. Oxie new member 
was received by baptism recently. 


Bowman was the guest speaker for 
the W. M. S. No. 1 public service 
held January 20th. Pictures of the 
Bowman's recent trip to the Holy 
Land were shown. 

FALLS CITY, NEB. Mlss Shirley Rush 
was the speaker at the W. M. S. 
public service held on January 13th. 



Services— Feb. 17-24— Rev. Kenneth 
Solomon, Evangelist; Rev. Robert 
L. Keplinger, Pastor. 


Preaching Mission — Feb. 24-Ma.r. 3 
—Rev. H. William Fells, Evangelist; 
Rev. H. Francis Berkshire, Pastor. 


FREY. Mrs. Paul (Wilda Wright) 
Frey, 57, died Dec. 28. Was a faith- 
ful and loyal member of the North 
Manchester, Ind., church. Services 
in the church by the pastor. Rev. 
Woodrow Immel. Survived by hus- 
band, two sons, seven grandchil- 
dren, and her mother. 

Mrs. J. Raymond Schutz, 

Cor. Secretary. 

:!: * * 

HAAS. John Haas, 32, was killed 
instantly in an automobile wreck, 
Jan. 4, on his way home from work. 
Was a member of the Park Street 
Brethren Church in Ashland, where 
he made his confession of faith 
and received baptism less than one 
year ago. The promises of the Lord 


THIS IS AN organization of wives 
of all seminary and pre- 
seminary students. Seminary pro- 
fessor's wives act as advisors. The 
purposes of this group are: (D To 
encourage our growth in the knowl- 
edge and grace of our Lord Jesus 
Christ. (2) To share with one 
another our problems, our disap- 
pointments, and our joys. (3) To 
better prepare ourselves for our 
very special privilege within the 
Church as the wife of the Pastor. 
The 1962-63 officers are: Presi- 
dent, Rita Hollinger; Vice Presi- 

dent, Joan Coleman; Secretary, Ro- 
berta Gilmer; Treasurer, Bunny 
Shifflet; Librarian, Audrey Barker. 
Regular meetings are held in the 
members' home the second Tuesday 
of each month. 

Our project at the present is the 
collection of Betty Crocker coupons 
to purchase silverware for Lost 
Creek. Rose Bolinger of Glenn Hal- 
ler Court is in charge of these 

Nancy Laudenschlager, 

to His own are comfort and 
strength to his many friends, his 
two daughters, and his wife, the 
former Elaine Metzger of Cerro 
Gordo, 111. Services at the church 
by the pastor. 

Phil Lerseh, Pastor. 

HARTLE. Mrs. Clara (Stoner) 
Hartle, member of the Hagerstown 
church for 53 years, passed to her 
eternal reward, Jan. 2. 

KEPLINGER. Mrs. Lona (Wid- 
dows) Kephnger, member of the 
Hagerstown church for 59 years, 
went to be with her Lord, Jan. 3. 

These two fine Christian ladies 
represented a total membership in 
the First Brethren Church, Hagers- 
town, Md., of 112 years. Were mem- 
bers of the same Sunday School 
class and had been life-long 
friends. Were loyal and faithful 
servants of the Lord. Services con- 
ducted in the same funeral home 
on the same day (2:00 and 3:30 
P.M.) by the same pastor. They 
were borne by the same bearers; 
the final resting place of their 
bodies but a few hundred feet 
apart in the same cemetery, Rose 
Hill, of Hagerstown. 

George W. Solomon, Pastor. 


HANNA-CHAMP. Miss Mary Es- 
ther Hanna, daughter of the Rev. 
and Mrs. G. Bright Hanna and 
Mr. Ernest Dale Champ were united 
in marriage by the bride's brother, 
Joseph E. Hanna, in the Corinth 
Brethren Church, Twelve Mile, In- 
diana on Sunday, November 25, 
1962. They are at home at Twelve 
Mile, Route 1. 

G. Bright Hanna, Pastor. 


NEW YORK (EP) — There are now 
12,915,000 people of the Jewish faith 
in 122 countries, according to re- 
sults of a statistical survey com- 
pleted by the World Jewish Con- 
gress here. 

The report noted that 93.7 per 
cent, or 12,175,000 of the world's 
Jewish population are in 11 lands, 
with nearly all of them in three 
countries. These are the U.S. (with 
5,500,000), Russia (with 2,300,000) 
and Israel (with 2,200,000) . 

February 2, 1963 

Page Five 



General Theme for the Year: "LIVING THE LIFE" 
Theme for February — "BY SERVING OTHERS" 

Writer for February — aiRS. PHIL LERSCH 
February 22nd through 28th — "Results of Sharing" 

Friday, February 22, 1963 

P^ead Scripture: Mark 9:38-41 

Scripture verse: For whosoever 
shall give you a cup of loater to 
drink in my name, because ye he- 
long to Christ, verily I say unto you, 
he shall not lose his reioard. Mark 

An African missionary told of her 
class of little girls the story of 
helping those in need by offering 
them a drink of cold water. Later 
that day as she sat in front of 
her house she saw this scene. Na- 
tive bearers from another tribe 
were sitting to rest in the village 
square. They had heavy packs and 
were very tired from their long 
walk. If they had asked for water 
the normal person from the village 
would have told them to get their 
own. But as the missionary watched 
she saw a line of little girls each 
carrying drinks of water. They 
placed the water at the feet of 
the men and ran away. They had 
taken literally the teaching of Je- 
sus even though their tribal cus- 
tom dictated otherwise. How often 
new Christians catch the real spir- 
it of Jesus. 

The Day's Thought 
"Putting a lost man on the right 
road, giving a thirsty man a drink 
of water, smiling in your brother's 
face — that too is charity." 


Saturday, February 23, 1963 
Read Scripture: Psalm 41:1-3 

Scripture verse: Blessed Is he 
that considereth the poor: the Lord 
will deliver him in time of trouble. 
Psalm 41:1. 

This philosophy is the opposite 
of the popular one, "God helps 
those who help themselves." This 

Scripture teaches us that God helps 
those who help others. We must 
consider the plight of the unfor- 
tunate before we will do anything 
to help them. We will not be moved 
to provide for a Korean orphan, 
help a refugee family get settled 
in our community, send blankets to 
a distressed area, unless we think 
about their plight. When we close 
our eyes to the needs of others 
we are neglecting our responsibility 
as Christians and missing the op- 
portunity to receive the blessings of 
the Lord as promised in this Psalm. 
The Day's Thought 
The blessings of those who con- 
sider the poor are deliverance, pro- 
tection, sustenance, and healing. 

Sunday, February 24, 1963 
Read Scripture: Galatlans 6:6-10 

Scripture verse: And let us not 
be weary In loell doing: for In due 
season ice shall reap. If we faint 
not. Galatlans 6:9. 

It is easy to become tired. Even 
to become tired of doing good. The 
temptation then comes to relax our 
efforts. Paul warns us against this, 
for when the proper time comes we 
will reap, so long as we don't quit. 

One of the weaknesses of us hu- 
mans is our desire to see results 
immediately. We need to learn 
something about God's timetable. 
His timing is always right. We can- 
not see what is ahead, but He can. 
He has our needs provided for if 
we will learn to wait for Him. The 
season for reaping will come when 
the time is ripe. We must leave 
that up to our Father. He knows 
what is best for us. 

The Daij's Thought 

Bread cast upon the waters al- 
ways returns. 

Monday. February 2.5, 1963 

Read Scripture: Hebrews 6:9-12 

Scripture verse: For God is not 
unrighteous to forget your zuork 
and labour of love, ivhlch ye have 
shewed toward his name, In that 
ye have ministered to the saints, 
and do minister. Hebrews 6:10. 

There are times in the Christian 
life that seem to be the mere going 
through of motions. We do the 
things that are expected of us in 
our church responsibilities but re- 
ceive no sense of joy. The Scrip- 
tures promise that if we keep on, 
the freshness of God's blessings will 
return. Many times when we least 
expect it we will be rewarded. 

When attendance seemed low this 
summer at the church services, I 
was feeling depressed. I began to 
wonder if any good was coming 
from our ministry. Then one eve- 
ning in a vesper service a young 
man who had recently been bap- 
tized told of the change in his life 
because of the new life he had in 
the church. What a reward! What 
a boost to my own sense of mission. 
This happened right when I needed 
the lift. 

The Day's Thought 
Keep on going through the mo- 
tions of Christian service and the 
joys will return. 

Tuesday, February 26, 1963 

Read Scripture: I Corinthians 15: 

Scripture verse-. Therefore, my 
beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, 
unmoveable, alioays abounding hi 
the work of the Lord, forasmuch 
as ye knoio that your labour Is not 
in vain In the Lord. I Corinthians 

The beginning word of this pas- 
sage is a hinge. Therefore means 
that something has preceded. Take 
note of what Paul has been talking 
about before this hinge-word. He 
has been rhapsodizing about the 
resurrection. We need fear death 
no longer because Christ has taken 
the sting out of it. He has given 
us the victory over death. This 
is the reason for our steadfastness 
and labor for the Lord. It is worth 
the effort. 

Another translation of this verse 
states, "always excelling in the work 
of the Lord." We take pride in do- 
ing things well. We teach our chil- 
dren to do their best and excel in 
their studies and practice. Let us 

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strive to excel in God's work, be- 
cause we know it is worthwhile. 
The Day's Thought 
Tlie goal of the Christian life 
is worth the struggle. 

Wtdnesday, February 27, 1963 
Read Scripture: I John 3:10-18 

Scripture verse: We know that 
we have passed from death unto 
life, because we love the brethren. 
I John 3:14. 

The book of First John is a book 
of assurance. The words we knoio 
occur over and over. In this pas- 
sage John tells us how we can 
knoic we have life in Christ. We 
can be sure if we love the brethren. 

Our badge of discipleship is love. 
Jesus said so in the upper room. 
He said, "By this shall all men know 
that ye are my disciples, if ye have 
love one to another." 

John explains in this letter that 
our love will be displayed, not 
merely talked. When we have this 
genuine love that will lay down 
its own wishes for the good of 
another we can know that we have 
eternal life. 

The Day's Thought 

If I have not love, I am nothing: 
I am dead. 

Thursday, February 28, 1963 
Read Scripture: Matthew 25:14-30 

Scripture verse: His Lord said 
unto him, Well done, good and 
faithful servant; thou hast been 
faithful over a few things, I ivill 
make thee ruler over many things: 
enter thou into the joy of thy 
Lord. Matthew 25:23. 

This parable that Jesus gave 
teaches us many lessons. 1) The 
reward of work well done is more 

work to do. The joy of the Lord 
comes from having much work to 
do for Him. 2) Unused talents and 
abilities die. This is an understood 
fact and applies to any skill. 3) In- 
vested talents produce more talents. 
God can multiply our dedicated 
abilities. 4) The man who does not 
try to use what he has been given 
is punished. 

In college I thought I would never 
have command of the organ. Even 
as I practiced two hours each day 
for that goal — the senior recital — 
it seemed futile. Now I am finding 
the joy of playing without great 
fear as I help lead others in a 
worship service. 

The Day's Thought 

It is the lesson of life that the 
only way to keep a gift is to use it 
in the service of God and in the 
service of our fellow-men. 

Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 

C. Y. Gilmer 


TN THE RAPTURE, our Lord will not come to earth, 
■*■ but only in the clouds above to receive the trans- 
lated living and the resurrected saints, transported 
to meet Him (1 Thess. 4:13-17) . Having first come FOR 
His saints, Christ will later return to earth with all 
His glorified saints, unveiling Himself with visibility 
to all, to be glorified in His saints and to punish the 
ungodly of earth (2 Thess. 1:7-10). In His first com- 
ing He was manifested in flesh to all (Jn. 1:14), and 
later appeared in His resurrected body to His chosen 
U Cor. 15:4-8). In His second coming He will appear 
prior to the tribulation to draw His own out of the 
world and the grave (Col. 3:4). After the tribulation 
He will return WITH all His saints, manifested in 
glory to all dwelling on the earth (Jude 14, 15). In 
the Revelation He will appear to the nations on earth 
for judgment and "every eye shall see Him" (Matt. 
25:31-32; Rev. 1:7). 

"Lo! He comes with clouds descending, 
Once for favored sinners slain; 

Thousand thousand saints attending 
Swell the triumph of His train. 
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! 

God appears on earth to reign. 

"Ev'ry eye shall now behold Him, 
Robed in dreadful majesty! 

Those who set at naught and sold Him, 
Pierced, and nailed Him to the tree. 
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! 
See the day of God appear." 

Jesus promised to come again to receive His saints 
(Jn. 14:3). He will then raise the bodies of the saints 
(1 Thess. 4:16). He will come only in the upper air 
to catch up His own (1 Thess. 4:17). He comes to 
reward His own (Rev. 22:12; Matt. 16:27; 2 Tim. 4:8). 
He appears as the Bridegroom for His Church (Matt. 
25:10; Rev. 10:7-9). He will come to rescue all the 
redeemed (Eph. 1:13, 14). Only those who are ready 
will enter in with the Bridegroom (Matt. 25:10). They 
will have their lamps (Psa. 119:105) and their oil 
(Psa. 45:17). And who are these that will be ad- 
mitted (2 Tim. 2:19; 1 Cor. 8:3; Jn. 10:27) ? The saints 
who have gone to be with the Lord will receive in- 
corruptible bodies (1 Cor. 15:42-44), and the living 
saints will be received upon the basis of being 
"Christ's" (1 Cor. 15:23). Though the saints may go 
through many tribulations (Acts 14:22), they will 
be spared the "great tribulation" (Rev. 3:10). 

"Even so, come. Precious Lord Jesus; 

Creation waits redemption to see; 

Caught up in clouds, soon we shall meet Thee; 

O blessed assurance, forever with Thee." 

After the tribulation comes the revelation when 
Christ will destroy the followers of the Antichrist 
(Matt. 13:41-43). He shall return to the Mount of 
Olives (Zech. 14:4). He begins the work of reestab- 
lishing Israel and the nations (Acts 15:14-17; Zech. 
14:5, 9, 12, 16). He appears as King of kings to reign 
with His saints over the earth for a golden age of 
a thousand years (Rev. 19:11-16). The Church is to 
be associated with Christ in the administration of 
the Kingdom (Rev. 20:6). Previously the saints will 
have to give an accounting of their stewardship (2 
Cor. 5:10). 

At the end of the thousand years will come the 
Great White Throne judgment for lost souls. The 

February 2, 1963 

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Kingdom will be continued on earth after this planet 
has been burned over with fire and made new (2 Pet. 
3:7, 10-13). Then God the Father will come down to 
earth and rule with Christ (1 Cor. 15:24, 25). To this 
new earth the heavenly Jerusalem will come down 
(Rev. 22:1-7). 

Sunday School Suggestions 

from the National S. S. Board 
Dick Winfield 


SO YOU are the Superintendent! You have a re- 
sponsibility both to your pastor and to your 
church. The pastor is the commander-in-chief. You 
are his executive officer. Together you have the op- 
portunity of making your Sunday School a success. 
Your position as an executive makes you the leader 
of the Sunday School staff. To help you in this im- 
portant task I would like to suggest "Seven Keys to 
Successful Leadership." 

1. Devotion to Christ 

Only as you are touching Him can you touch 
others. The Superintendent must be in a relationship 
of love with the Lord Jesus Christ. This love relation- 
ship with Christ will mean a love relationship with 

Devotion to Christ produces devotion to the Church. 
Devotion to the Church will engender loyalty to its 
doctrines, standards, and over-all program. 

2. Dedicated to Your Task 

Through the centuries dedicated lives have pro- 
duced fruit that has remained to this day. Dedica- 
tion and dependability are the greatest qualities for 
the Superintendent. You will find that to be suc- 
cessful you will need to subordinate lesser interests 
to the all-important task that is yours. 

3. Discipline for Service 

Leaders are made, not born. But the price of lead- 
ership is discipline. Keep in mind Paul's example of 
the "runner" who geared every phase of his life to the 
task of reaching the finish line. 

4. Direction for Workers 

You are the director. Do you know where you 
are going? What are your goals? Do you have that 
"super-vision?" Someone has said, "Coming together 
is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working 
together is success." 

5. Discernment of Characteristics and Motives 
You will need insight into the characteristics and 

motives of those with whom you labor and associate 
in the Sunday School, together with a sympathetic 
understanding. Be a good listener and remember to 
praise before you attempt to criticize. Preventative 
handling of problems will save you many a headache. 

6. Development Through Training and Experience 
Provide for an adequate Leadership Training Pro- 
gram together with an ample supply of books and 
periodicals pertaining to good Sunday School procedure 

and teaching for your entire staff. Encourage atten- 
dance at all Church-sponsored gatherings designed 
to provide up-to-date information and instruction in 
Sunday School activities. Attend Sunday School Con- 
7. Determination to Succeed 

This final key is defined as the "will to succeed." 
It is a directive force which through the years has 
caused individuals to accomplish great and mighty 
things under God. You as a leader must have it. 

Your enthusiastic determination to make your Sun- 
day School succeed can be the spark that will set 
your co-workers aflame. Then together you will have 
the joy of realizing success in every area. 

—adapted from THE GENERAL 



Spiritual Meditations 

Dyoll Belote 


". . .lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven." Mat- 
thew 6:20. 

a hospital when a nurse came in and dropped 
wearily into a low rocker to enjoy a few minutes of 
rest from the routine of her employment. Smiling, she 
exclaimed to the visitor, "I do hope they have rock- 
ing chairs in heaven." 

The visitor, who tells the story, continues by telling 
how the family reacted to the recounting of the 
nurse's expressed desire. Of course we react to the 
nurse's wish with a natural remark, "Doesn't that 
nurse know better than to make such a foolish wish?" 
But when the writer told her story at home some of 
the reactions of the family were just as strange. "Motor 
bikes and pumpkin pie," said a brother. "I'll look for 
old Shot, my bird dog," said the father. The daugh- 
ter would look for a tennis court and a swimming pool; 
while an aunt living in the home hoped there would 
be no mice in heaven. 

Bicycles and pies, dogs, tennis courts and swimming 
pools and mice — what an assortment! and how useless 
they would all be in heaven. As utterly useless as 
much of the "junk" we permit to accumulate in our 
attics, or preserve in old trunks or boxes or suit cases 
for sentimental reasons. Much of the collection utterly 
useless and only waiting until its volume compels 
us to dispose of it. Though we may treasure many 
things on earth, we shall leave them all behind as 
we step over into our Father's House. The Word tells 
us that "eye hath not seen, ear hath not heard, neither 
have entered into the heart of man the things that 
God hath prepared for them that love him." And there 
is but one interpretation to this quotation, and that 
is that over there things greater and finer await us 
to make up for those things of earth we shall leave 
behind when God summons us to enter those more 
glorious realms. 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

i Outtoivfc/ 

Your National President Spealcs . . . 

Concerning Goals One and Two 


T WONDER if we stop to realize 
-*- liow mucli encouragement our 
letters can be to our Missionaries. 
Our letters can also be a ray of 
sunshine to the "shut-ins" and a 
message of understanding to those 
who are in sorrow or in trouble. 
Frequently I receive letters from 
some of you dear W. M. S. mem- 
bers who have received a blessing 
from one of my articles. These let- 
ters are encouraging to me, and 
I appreciate your taking time to 
let me know. 

I received a copy of the most 
interesting letter that Margaret 
Lowery sent out at Christmas time. 
I read the letter three times, and 
as I read the account of her ac- 
tivities, I was reminded again of 
the untiring efforts of our mis- 
sionaries. Then I thought of us 
W. M. S. members who use the 
flimsy excuse that we do not have 
time to write letters. I am con- 
vinced more and more that the 
best way to accomplish our Chris- 
tian Stewardship is to be syste- 
matic. Would it be asking too much 
to write ONE letter each week? 
It sounds like such a simple thing 
to do. Just ONE letter? Yet, how 
many letters did YOU write to 
missionaries, or "shut-ins", etc., last 

All of us experience the thrill 
of receiving letters, so let us share 
this experience and include this 
ministry in our Stewardship of 

Goal Number 2 suggests that we 
develop a Christian concern for 
others. Some times a telephone call 
can accomplish much. (Telling peo- 
ple that we missed them). Other 

times, maybe a card or a letter 
would best accomplish our purpose. 
Seldom do we find a satisfactory 
substitute for a personal call. The 
reason there are not more personal 
calls made is that we are not as 
concerned as we should be. The 
goal calls for a planned program. 
Do not let the same members make 
all the calls. Most Sunday Schools 
have a calling program. There is 
much for us to do. There is a good 
thought in this verse of poetry. The 
author is unknown. 

"If a man would be a soldier, he'd 

expect, of course, to fight: 
And he couldn't be an author if 

he didn't try to write. 
So it isn't common logic, doesn't 

have a real true ring, 
That a man to be a Christian, 

doesn't have to do a thing." 

In religion, as in every other 
profession, practicing is the great 
thing. Lawyers practice law, doc- 
tors practice medicine, and min- 
isters must practice what they 
preach. So, too. Christians must 
practice their religion. — Jacobus. 

As I write this letter it is the last 
day of 1962. I guess I saved all my 
accidents until the very last of the 
year. Saturday, I fell on the ice 
and sprained my wrist, and then 
Sunday morning I tried to back the 
car out of the garage without open- 
ing the garage door. You will re- 
ceive this issue of the Evangelist 
in the early weeks of the New Year. 
Will you not let these two goals 
be your guide, to guide you into a 
rich and satisfying experience in 
the months to come? There IS joy 

in serving Jesus and in doing things 
for others. Let us dedicate our- 
selves to be faithful in our steward- 
ship of time, and do the following; 

1. Write letters to our Mission- 

2. Write letters to our Mission 

3. Remember those in The 
Brethren's Home, 

4. Remember the sick, the lonely 
and the "shut-ins", and, 

5. Use your telephone and make 
personal calls. 

"Verily I say unto you. Inasmuch 
as ye have done it unto one of the 
least of these my brethren, ye have 
done it unto me" (Matthew 25:40). 

If the shut-ins all united 

In one voice of common prayer — 
What a ceaseless shower of blessing 

Would be falling everywhere. 

Though so weak, and ofttimes help- 

They can wield a mighty power. 
Lifting up their soul's petition, 

To the Saviour, hour by hour. 

They can importune the Father, 
From the "secret place" and 
then — 
In the quiet and the stillness, 
They can hear Him speak to 

Never soldier in fierce conflict. 

Could a higher honor bring. 
Than the 'Shut-in" who's perform- 
"Secret service" for the Xing. 
— Clara Howell. 

February 2, 1963 

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Rev. Robert L. Hoffman 

ONE OF THE KEYS to "Living 
the Life" daily is found in 
Psalm 1, verses two and three. This 
passage has always been a chal- 
lenge to me personally and I hope 
that you find it so also. In verse 
one, the way of the "godly" is de- 
scribed negatively. Now, in verses 
2 and 3 this way is described posi- 
tively. The person who "lives the 
life" daily "delights in the law of 
the Lord." This means that she 
loves God's Word! This does not 
mean merely a knowledge of the 
Bible, but rather a positive love for 
His Word. When you receive a love 
letter from a boyfriend, you read 
it, read it again and again, until 
it is really known by you — practi- 
cally by memory. You believe the 
promises that your friend has made 
to you. This is something of what 
it means to love God's Word, to 

meditate in it day and night. Any- 
one, even Sisterhood girls, can read 
God's Word regularly and still not 
take time to really meditate in it. 

It is now known that Mr. Khrush- 
chev, when a boy, earned many 
pieces of candy for memorizing 
and quoting Bible verses. He earned 
a special prize when he succeeded 
in learning and repeating the four 
Gospels. While Mr. "K" learned 
verses by memory, he did not medi- 
tate on them "day and night", 
hence his life was not enriched by 
them. Mr. "K" admits that he does 
not believe in the God who became 
the Savior. 

The person who "delights in the 
law of the Lord" daily shall be 
like a tree that bears fruit. The 
purpose of any tree is to bear fruit, 
that is, to reproduce itself. To keep 
the life-cycle going. There are 


Last year you Sisterhood girls at least seven new societies have 
"explored the depths" and came been started and many societies 
up with some wonderful results, showed an increase in their mem- 
Your statistical blanks revealed bership. Making this report were 
that our societies are growing. Since 16 Senior societies, 27 Junior so- 
all the districts reported, we can cieties, and 21 Combined societies, 
see how the districts compare as On the other hand, we decreased 
to the number of members: as far as meeting our goals is con- 
cerned. There were only three so- 

Indiana 260 cieties, North Manchester Sr., War- 

°™° •■••••. ^"^ saw Jr., and New Lebanon Jr., 

Pennsylvania 129 which qualified as Honor societies. 

^^"''^^^ ^^ However, 35 societies met 10 out of 

Southeastern 42 the 12 goals to become Banner so- 

Mid-West 35 cieties. Let's start working now 

■^^"'"^^^ so that we will have an increase in 

this area too. 
May this year bring an increase 
This is an increase of 125 girls over in the number of members, an in- 
the year before, but we realize that crease in the number of Honor so- 
this is due largely to the fact that cieties, but most important, an in- 
more societies reported. However, crease in our spiritual growth. 

many by-products of trees, such as 
lumber, shade, etc., but the real 
purpose is to bear fruit. Your pur- 
pose in the world, like the tree, 
is to bear fruit. It has been well 
said, "the fruit of the Christian 
is more Christians." This is your 
purpose, to live the life daily, that 
is, "day and night", so that other 
people might see Christ living in 

If you do this "day and night", 
you shall prosper in spiritual things 
(see verse three). If you remain 
ever-green, ever-true, your work 
will prosper and so will the king- 
dom of God. 

Meyersdale, Pa. 


When you're criticizing others 
And are finding here and there 
A fault or two to speak of. 
Or a weakness you can tear; 
When you're blaming someone's 

Or accusing some of pelf — 
It's time that you went out 
To take a walk around yourself. 

There are lots of human failures 
In the average of us all; 
And lots of grave shortcomings 
In the short ones and the tall; 
But when we think of evils 
Men should lay upon the shelves — 
It's time we all went out 
To take a walk around ourselves. 

We need so often in this life 
This balancing of scales; 
That seeing how much in us wins 
And how much in us fails; 
But before you judge another 
Just to lay him on the shelf — 
It would be a splendid plan 
To take a walk around yourself. 

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The Brethren Kvangelist 




Floyd S. Benshoff 

Lord, forgive our blindness. 


MARK 10:46-52 records the wonderful story 
of the restoration of sight to Bartimaeus, 
a blind beggar who, when he had heard that Je- 
sus of Nazareth was within earshot, began to 
cry out for mercy, and, when asked by Jesus what 
he wanted, requested sight. "And Jesus said unto 
him, Go thy way ; thy faith hath made thee whole. 
And immediately he received his sight AND FOL- 

If a person had to lose one of his faculties as 
pertains to his physical make-up he would prob- 
ably let go of several others before he would con- 
sent to blindness. 

Yet many people who have 20-20 physical vision 
don't display the same finesse as regards the eyes 
of the soul. The Lord was likely referring to such 
when He said there are some who "have eyes 
and see not." 

Again, there are folks who see only what they 
want to see. Most of us know of parents who, by 
word of mouth or by inference say, "My child can 
do no wrong." They seem totally blind to things 
that other people see plainly. Law enforcement 
officers have been accused of this. We who be- 
lieved (and still do), that Prohibition was (and 
is) the answer to the corrupt, brutal, devastating 
march of the liquor traffic, thought (and still 
think) that there was no real attempt at enforce- 
ment of the law to rid our land of the Hell-Holes 
known as saloons, taverns and State Stores. 

Take care of your eyes. You can eat with false 
teeth but you can't see with glass eyes. So it 
may be in the spiritual realm; we should have a 
soul-searching "eye" examination. It is said that 
if a person's foresight could be as good as his 
hind sight, he'd be a millionaire. 

A beautiful choral composition, "Open Our 
Eyes", by Macfarlane, is familiar to many Breth- 
ren choirs and expresses, to a degree, what I'm 
trying to say. Its principal plea is "that we may 
see to follow Thee, Jesus." 

Seeing Eye Dogs are one of the finest things 
that ever happened to our blind population. 

An old eye doctor is reported to have com- 
mented on his current practice thusly: "Patients 
used to come into my office and complain that 
their eyes were so bad that they couldn't see the 
print in their Bible. Now they complain that they 
can't see the T. V. or the print on the racing 

The importance of sight is recognized by folks 
who will their eyes to the eye bank. Tlaere are 
people who see the wonders of God's universe 
through other peoples' eyes. 

Blindness is an affliction which more often 
strikes the aged than the young. I don't have the 
statistics as to the well-seeing of our older folks 
at the Brethren's Home in Flora, Indiana. I sus- 
picion that some physical sight is failing or gone, 
in that place. February is the month when I can, 
as a member of the Brethren Church, contribute 
to the offering designated for the care, there. 

Sight ... it is wonderful. Spiritual sight . . . 
it is sublime and will gain for you Heaven. When 
we've seen everything, and realize, with The 
Preacher, that "all is vanity," then we must re- 
alize that the most real things we know are the 
unseen. Here's where the eyes of the soul are 

May we, with the Greeks of almost 2000 years 
ago, exclaim: "SIRS, WE WOULD SEE JESUS." 

February 2, 1963 

Page Eleven 

The Parson's Corner 

Rev. Albert T. Ronk 


WHAT MEANS THIS HOMELY old saw, "Down to 
brass tacks"? Is it the expression of a tufter of 
upholstery in forecasting the completion of a project 
as he drove home the brass-headed tacks in the 
trimmer gimp? If so, he was getting along with his 
work and not noticing the consummation of an item 
in his craft. 

If we laymen are to gain the honor roll as good 
craftsmen in the Lord's business, we too must discover 
the needs, launch the projects, then get down to 
brass tacks of completion. 

Sometimes it is easy to wax enthusiastic over some 
plan under consideration in the group meeting. 
"Sounds good," we say. Let's have a committee with 
George as the chairman. Then we settle back to let 
George do it. Or if it is a project, time-consuming 
and extended, how often we appear, with rolled sleeves 
and vocal zeal, at the first work session or two, then 
make excuses to be absent for the rest of the job. 
Consequently, we are not present when the brass 
tacks are driven home. We just show up for the shout- 
ing, "We killed the b'ar." 

How about the local projects now on in our home 
churches, men? Do we see the dust flying as we stretch 
the fabric over the frame we laid out so carefully 
in our planning sessions? Are we bringing them up 
to completion? For instance, that student-assistance 
fund we are raising to help encourage young men 
who are preparing for the ministry? Or our share in 
the annual allotment of the fund our National Lay- 
men's Conference pledged to the Theological Semi- 
nary Library enlargement and supply? These and 
many others are worthy of our best endeavor. Are 
we polishing up the brass tacks? 

Of course, before we can get down to brass tacks. 
we must get down to cases and the most important 
case, in the work of the church, is winning of people 
to the Lord, and thus through Him to the church. 
Our main business, as the body of Christ, is to bring 
people to Him. He will build them into His Church. 
Time in the progression of this dispensation has 
brought us to the place and condition when large 
numbers are not led to a saving knowledge of Christ 
in mass movements and efforts. The unregenerate will 
not attend evangelistic meetings unless they are won 
to an interest in salvation, a saving faith, and a pub- 
lic confession, by someone who already believes. Such, 
who are recruited for the Lord today are the fruits 
of someone's life and witness. Someone has sold them 
on it. 

We might learn a lesson from the successful in- 
surance salesman. He canvasses his territory until 
he finds the man who carries no insurance. He stays 
by him until he either buys or definitely turns it down. 
He explains his policy. He details the coverage. He 
recites the benefits, and warns of the precariousness 

of delay, while he points to the dotted line as he of- 
fers the pen for signature. In short, he sells his goods. 

We have something to sell, laymen. Do we believe in 
our policy? Do we enjoy its protection ourselves? Can 
we recite its benefits, not only for the future but for 
the present joy, comfort, and peace of mind in the 
now? And do we see the person outside of the faith 
as in jeopardy of his life for eternity? 

We say we believe in the plan of salvation, and that 
all who will not accept it are lost forever. Do we really 
believe it? If some neighbor was in danger of falling 
over a cliff, or be bitten by a poisonous serpent, or 
standing in the way of an avalanche, we would shout 
our lungs out in warning and use every devise at our 
command to save him. Yes, just to save his physical 
life. Yet there are so many all around us who are 
bitten by the serpent of sin, and in danger of the 
avalanche of time and grinding judgment, and we lift 
no voice or a hand to warn them. Down to cases, 
brethren, down to cases, and may we be able to drive 
in a brass tack for every soul we have helped to the 
Lord. And may there be a long row of tacks when 
we answer our summons to give an account. 


Word has just reached my desk of the 
serious illness of brother Harold Hall, sec- 
retary of the National Laymen's Organiza- 
tion of The Brethren Church. Stricken with 
a coronary on Dec. 18, he suffered a second 
on Dec. 26, and, combined with pneumonia 
has made him a very sick man. The prayers 
of the church are requested in his behalf. 
He may be addressed at: OAK HILL HOS- 
♦ * 

During the illness of our secretary, our 
treasurer, brother Delbert Mellinger has 
agreed to handle both offices and asks that 
all lists, monies, etc., be sent directly to him 

F. S. B. 



Glory be; I have actual proof that at least one 
man, outside of myself reads the laymen's pages in 
The Brethren Evangelist. The issue of January 5 car- 
ried the known list of LIFE MEMBERS, with the in- 
vitation that ye ed be informed of omissions. Brother 
Fayette Shoemaker of Denver, Indiana, informs me 
by personal letter that his life membership certificate 
is dated February 22, 1947. We congratulate you, 
brother, and thank you for your writing. We again 
invite others to do the same. F. S. B. 

Pa,ge Twelve 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Progress Reports 
Brethren Churches 


We have been praising the Lord here at Matteson 
for His mighty and wonderful Power shown to us in 
this last month. Brother Herb Gilmer preached each 
night from December 3 to 14 — we had the worst snow- 
fall of the season — 16 inches of that beautiful white 
blanket and 16 degrees below zero temperature with 
high winds which caused considerable drifting. The 
average attendance for the twelve days was only 33, 
but the Lord truly meant what He says in His Word, 
if two or three shall gather in my name there I will 
be in the midst of them. There were ten first-time 
confessions and fifteen baptisms. Twelve became new 
members, and one evening fourteen of us rededicated 
our lives to our Lord to work through us. I am sure 
that there were also others who gave their lives to 
God anew. 

Since the meetings have ended, (The revival in the 
hearts of Christians has by no means ended), there 
have been four saved in homes. Several others whom 
the Lord is dealing with have not as yet yielded to 
our Saviour. 

The last four Sundays we have had in the high 
fifties and sixties for Sunday School and church. 
We are starting a well fund since we do not have water 
at the church; also we are going to begin enclosing 
Sunday School classes in the basement, thereby giv- 
ing us more classrooms. With the growth of the 
church, these things are truly needed — we are trust- 
ing the Lord for big things. 

December 20th, thirteen of us went Christmas carol- 
ing and afterwards met for hot chocolate and cookies. 

Back to the present. We are having a teacher's 
training course on Sunday evenings and a soul-win- 
ning course on Wednesday evenings. These meetings 
are being well attended and we are all learning. 

We want to go forward for Him as we allow Him 
to live His life through us. We are enjoying the 

Buck D. Garrett, Pastor. 


Mr. and Mrs. George Spielman, 248 Avon Road, 
Hagerstown, Maryland and members of the First 
Brethren Church of that City observed their 50th 
Wedding Anniversary on January 8, 1963. Mr. Spielman 
was in the hospital recuperating from a recent ill- 
ness, but members of the family gathered there for 
a quiet celebration in his hospital room. Mr. and Mrs. 
Spielman have been loyal members of the church 
for many years and are known over a wide area of 
the Brethren Church. This past year marked 25 suc- 

cessive years at which they had both been present 
at the General Conference of our Church. Our con- 
gratulations are extended to this fine Christian couple 
and we pray that the Lord will grant to them ad- 
ditional years of happiness together. 

George W. Solomon, Pastor. 


We of the Massillon Brethren Church would like 
to share with the Evangelist readers the progress which 
has been made here. 

October 1st, we called a full-time pastor, Rev. and 
Mrs. J. G. Dodds. Since they have arrived on the 
field, we have organized our church. During October, 
eight new members were added, four by baptism, 
two by letter, and two by relation. 

Sunday, November 18, 1962, we had our Dedication 
Service with Rev. Robert Keplinger as speaker. Twenty- 
nine names were listed on our charter membership 

We thank all of you who have taken an interest 
in us and this work with your prayers and your gifts. 

May we continue to work together gathering fruit 
for His kingdom. 

Mary L. Byler, 
Corresponding Secretary. 

Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Cari H. Phillips 

Topics copyrighted by the International Council of 
Religious Elducation. Used by permission. 

Lesson for February 10, 1963 


Text: Mark 6:7-13, 34-42 

FROM TIME IMMEMORIAL God has given men 
important places in bringing salvation to the 
world. Noah, Abraham, Moses, Isaiah and Paul are 
great names among the endless list of those called 
into service. God might have chosen angels, or raised 
up men from the stones to do the work but He has 
chosen the method of man-to-man evangelism. God 
Himself chose to come in the flesh to preach the gos- 
pel. Christ is able to comfort men and to understand 
men in that He Himself was tempted and tried CHeb. 
2:18, 4:15). No doubt that here lies the reason, at 
least in part, why Christ needs men to serve Him 
among men. When men are moved by His wonder 
and grace they can no sooner still the voice in their 
soul than could Isaiah, Jeremiah or Paul. 

Christian workers are first of all in the service of 
Christ. The twelve were sent out by Christ. They were 
to trust completely in Him as God. Care for the "ex- 
tras" of life often led to loss of trust in Christ and 
vital interest in His work. There were times when 
the disciples had money but as in the case of the 
feeding of the multitude the disciples learned that 

February 2, 1963 

Page Thirteen 

there are times when the things of this world are 
not sufficient to meet the need. We learn that Jesus 
alone is all-sufficient. We note also that a child may 
be in a better position to serve Christ than adults. 
"Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the ser- 
vants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; 
with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and 
not to men" (Eph. 6:6, 7). 

Christ's work is to minister to the needs of men 
(Matt. 20:28). To empty out our life for Christ is 
also to empty it for men (Matt. 20:26-28, 25:40). 

The most important work of the twelve was that 
of preaching the gospel. Being a miracle worker may 
win attention and it might benefit people, but the 
health of the soul is more needful than the health 
of the body (Matt. 10:28, 18:8, 9). 

The success of any Christian worker is not gauged 
by how many bodies are healed or how many people 
are converted. The disciples were given a duty to per- 
form. Their joy was to be that of having faithfully 
performed it and that their names were written in 
heaven (Luke 10:20). As Christian workers, some of 
the greatest things that we will do may be no more 
than learning to be faithful, to stand up under the 
ridicule of others, or it may be that we will have 
part in reaching and converting far more people than 
any of the disciples ever did. Discouragement often 
comes to the individual because he has failed to do 
what he wanted most to do. He often does not realize 
that he may well have succeeded in doing what Christ 
wanted him to do, or perhaps even missed his great 


Richard E. Allison 

All books reviewed in this column may be purchased through the Breth- 
ren Publishing Company, 524 College Ave., Ashland, Ohio. 

Stott, John R. W. THE PREACH- 
ER'S PORTRAIT. Grand Rapids: 
Eerdman's 1961. ($3.00). 

The subtitle, "Some New Testa- 
ment Word Studies," reveals the 
approach taken by the author. He 
is not especially concerned with 
preaching techniques. Instead, the 
author "... proposes that we should 
take a fresh look at some of the 
words employed in the New Tes- 
tament to describe the preacher 
and his task." 

The procedure is to draw the por- 
trait from the New Testament. The 
author does not produce the por- 
trait and then summon the New 
Testament to support his position. 
From the New Testament, Mr. Stott 
derives a portrait which pictures 
the preacher as: 1— A Steward (The 
preacher's proclamation and ap- 
peal) , 2— A Herald (The preacher's 
message and authority) , 3 — A Wit- 
ness (The Preacher's experience 
and humihty), 4— A Father (The 
preacher's love and humility) , 5— 
A Servant (The preacher's power 
and motive) . 

This expansion of the 1981 Pay- 
ton lectures delivered at Fuller 
Theological Seminary will provide 
profitable reading for anyone ap- 
proaching the task of preaching 
the Word or anyone interested in 

evaluating his work as a preacher 
in the light of the New Testament. 

Douglas, J. D. and others. THE 
Rapids: Eerdman's, 1962. ($12.95). 

". . . this is the most important 
one-volume conservative Bible dic- 
tionary in the English language to- 
day. It is a volume written from 
the viewpoint of the Bible as the 
inspired Word of God . . . Certainly, 
this is the most important single- 
volume Bible dictionary now avail- 
able, in some ways supplanting all 
one-volume Bible dictionaries that 
have preceded it." These are the 
comments of Dr. Wilbur M. Smith 
concerning his judgment of THE 

The Inter-Varsity Fellowship of 
England has been instrumental in 
bringing great tools to the aid of 
conscientious students of the Scrip- 
tures. In 1953, they issued THE 
now they have produced a com- 
panion volume in THE NEW BIBLE 
DICTIONARY. The word "new" as 
used in the title does not refer to 
a revision of an older work. All 
the articles have been especially 
written for this particular volume. 

is the work of 139 scholars pre- 
senting 2,300 articles occupying over 
1300 pages. The contributors are 
mainly from England with nine- 
teen from the United States. In 
addition, the book contains 17 col- 
ored maps and 237 line drawings. 
However, more important than the 
quantity is the quality. About this 
there can be no question. Biblical 
problems are frankly faced. Loyalty 
to the Word of God is maintained 
without obscurantism. Difficulties 
are faced courageously. College stu- 
dents and seminarians will receive 
much help from the pages of this 
great volume for problems faced in 
the classroom. 

Adequate space is allotted to im- 
portant subjects. The articles in- 
clude the areas of physical geog- 
raphy, topography, Jewish life, his- 
tory, institutions, surrounding na- 
tions, archeology. Christian doc- 
trine, animal and plant life of the 
Bible, interpretation, introduction 
and outline for Bible books, history 
of the English Bible and many oth- 
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in the areas of history, geography, 
archeology and Christian doctrine. 
The treatment is adequate and the 
quality is high. The viewpoint is 
evangelical. If there is a deficiency 
in any area, it is probably that 
of proper names. 

This volume is a necessity for 
serious students of the Scriptures. 
will give any student comprehensive 
and dependable resource material 
for a better understanding of God's 

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The Brethren Evangelist 



November 24, 1962... place — Ma- 
sontown, Pa. . . .time — 9:30 a. m.. . . 
and another Pennsylvania youth 
rally was under way. REGISTRA- 
TION was conducted by the Young- 
Men's Brotherhood, BUSINESSA- 
TION was begun with a get-ac- 
quainted time led by the Junior 
S. M. M. LUNCHPIRATION was fol- 
lowed by INSPIRATION. During 
this period. Rev. Charles Loicmaster 
led a Bible session for teens on 
the book of Hebrews, and Rev. Wil- 
liavi Anderson led a Bible session 
for pre-teens on "The man who 
tried to run away from God." 

FUNSPIRATION was in charge of 
the Boys' Brotherhood and then 
everyone saw a sound filmstrip en- 
titled, "What About Smoking?" 
during THINKSPIRATION. Before 
feeding faces again, INSPIRATION 
was continued with the same teach- 

EATSPIRATION was followed by 
the program which the Senior S. 
M. M. planned. During the program 
choruses were sung, the Masontown 
Quintet sang and the speaker pre- 
sented his message. 

Emphasis was placed upon Chris- 
tian living by several sections 
printed in the program dealing 
with: AMUSEMENTS— How to test 

The following appeared on the 
printed program: Life is great... 
keep it that way! Life is eternal 
whichever way you look at it. It 
is what you do with your life now 
that makes the difference of eter- 
nal life or eternal death! Many 
rules which govern safe driving 
also govern us in our life. What do 
you look for in a car? 

place your complete life in the 
hands of God by accepting His Son, 
Christ, as your personal Savior. He 
has never failed anyone. He has 
the reputation of completely satis- 
fying those who place their trust 
in Him. "Trust in the Lord with all 
thine heart, and lean not unto 
thine own understanding. In all 
thy ways acknowledging Him, and 
He shall direct thy paths" (Prov. 
3:5, 6). 

2. GOOD STEERING! Stay in the 
right lane, your hand on the wheel 
and your eyes on the road. God will 
direct your life in the right direc- 
tion for He knows the road ahead. 
He planned the route through His 
death on the cross of Calvary. He 
makes the road accessible through 
that victory over death and the 
grave. Because He lives, you can 
live also. Let Christ steer your 
life every mile of the way! 

Many know how to run a car who 

cannot stop it properly. "The wages 
of sin is death." Don't come "as 
close as you can" and depend on 
your good works and self -righteous- 
ness to stop you from going over 
the embankment into a Christless 
eternity. In John 5:24 Jesus said, 
"He that heareth my word and 
belie veth on Him that sent me, 
hath everlasting life, and shall not 
come into condemnation; but is 
passed from death unto life." 

Now. . .get a good road map and 
make sure you are on the right 
road. The Bible is the best. It 
points to heaven! Watch those 
traffic signs. . .like the one marked 
"STOP." Take the road that will 
get you there for sure. . .safe and 
sound. Take it from me and read 
the print underneath the STOP 
sign in Matthew 7:13, "Enter ye 
in at the strait gate: for wide is 
the gate, and broad is the way, 
that leadeth to destruction and 
many there be which go in thereat; 
because strait is the gate, and nar- 
row is the way which leadeth un- 
to life, and few there be that find 

Some day when the old fenders 
flop, the pistons slap, the hinges 
creak, the cushions sag, the wheels 
lack spokes and the springs are all 
broken . . . you will find yourself at 
the right entrance to trade the 
old job in for a new one which 
will never go out of style nor wear 
out. A lot of folks are making up 
their minds to head that way. 
Room for you . . . come on along. 
"The gift of God is eternal life 
through Jesus Christ our Lord." 
— Mel Johnson. 









February 2, 1963 

Page Fifteen 




"I am crucified with Christ: nev- 
ertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ 
liveth in me: and the life which 
I now live in the flesh I live by 
the faith of the Son of God, who 
loved me, and gave himself for me" 
(Gal. 2:20). As you probably know 
by now, this is the theme for the 
current year in the Brethren 
Church and it seems very pertinent 
for this month which is commonly 
known as "heart month." 

One's heart is essential to his 
physical life, but what about his 
spiritual life? The physical, tangible 
heart, as we think of it, is not 
the one to be considered in spir- 
itual matters. The "spiritual heart" 
might be better understood by re- 
ferring to John 14:1-6. "Let not 
your heart be troubled — ." Thus, 
we must keep our hearts in tip-top 
shape that would be pleasing unto 
the Lord at all times. 

Heart trouble is quite a common 
problem in these times, especially 
"spiritual heart" weakness. How 
strong is your heart? Do you have 
heart trouble? The answer to these 
weaknesses is found in John 14:6 
where Christ tells us He is the way, 
the truth and the life. 

Take time alone to examine your 
heart. Is it weak? Are there some 
dark blots on it? Is it troubled? 

The psalmist has found the an- 
swer for the prevention of heart 
trouble in Psalm 119:11, "Thy word 
have I hid in my heart, that I 
might not sin against thee." 

Too many of us are afraid to 
hide God's word in our hearts. This 
does not mean to hide it so no 
one can tell we have Christ, but 
have it impressed so well that loe 
will never err. "Let your light so 
shine before men that they may 

by Mrs. Judy Steiner 

see your good works and glorify 
your Father which is in heaven" 
(Matt. 5:16). 

This passage might bring our 
thoughts to another point. Let us 
remember that our works are to 
glorify God — not man. Whenever I 
hear someone say, "Faith without 
works is dead," I always want to 
add "Yes, but works without faith 
are deader yet." Have you ever 
considered this angle? This is 
proved in Ephesians 2:8-9, "For by 
grace are ye saved through faith; 
. . . Not of works, lest any man 
should boast." So, you see, it is a 
never-ending struggle in this world, 
but it is all for the greatest re- 
ward possible — Eternal Life. 

"For God so loved the world, 
that he gave His only begotten Son, 
that whosoever believeth (with all 
his heart, mind and soul) in him 
should not perish, but have ever- 
lasting life" (John 3:16). 

Please don't run for an appoint- 
ment with your family physician to 
take your pulse, etc. Instead, run 
quickly to Christ who is waiting 
with open arms to mend your bro- 
ken heart and redeem you. 

Enter the 

Awards in each division: 

1st place $25.00 

2nd place 15.00 

3rd place 10.00 

Sponsored by Peace Committee 


National Brethren Youth 

pur Sponsors 

NAME: Mr. & Mrs. Jan Martin 

CHURCH: Mexico, Indiana 

SPONSORS OF: Combined group 
for 4 months 


Combined meetings with neigh- 
boring B. Y., take over Sunday 
morning services on Youth Sun- 
day, car washes, Christmas carol- 
ing, visitation program, etc. 

ESTS: All sports, collecting rec- 
ords, traveling, reading. 


We started October off by having 
our annual hay ride. Of course, 
it started raining as soon as we 
got started, so we went back to 
the house. A good get-together was 
still enjoyed despite the wet night. 

On October 13 we had an ice 
cream social to earn money for the 
national project. We had home- 
made cakes and pies and, of course, 
plenty of ice cream. 

In November we had an old- 
fashioned Hallowe'en party. We all 
had fun dressing up in costumes 
for a change. November 18th our 
youth had charge of the evening 
worship service. Our youth orches- 
tra played and many of the youth 
took part in the service. 

We had nine attend the youth 
rally at Bryan, Ohio. 

— Linda Ladd. 

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The Brethren's Home and Benevolent Board 

DURING the seven years that 
I have been a member of The 
Benevolent Board, I have sensed 
and vi?atched a grovs-th in popularity 
of The Brethren's Home among the 
churches of our denomination. One 
visible result is the consistency with 
which the rooms have been filled 
to capacity. 

MEMBERS. Statistics show that 
people are living longer, and, with 
the population constantly increas- 
ing, the members of the Benevolent 
Board feel there is a definite need 
for future building at our Breth- 
ren's Home. One reason would be 
to care for more resident members. 
A member of our church told me 
of a recent visit to a local Nursing 
Home, which had been converted 
from a large residential house. 
There were five patients in the 
room of the man whom he visited 
and no living room to where he 
could withdraw for relaxation. We 
turn down dozens of apphcations 
from non-Brethren people and I can 
understand why they would like to 
hve at our Brethren's Home where 
each member has a private room 
and a large spacious living room 
where they can go for visiting, 
for T. V. or to listen to sacred mu- 
sic on records. A local Doctor, mak- 
ing a call at the Home said, "Your 
patients here do not have a care 

in the world because they have such 
good care." 

PATIENTS. The second, but most 
important need for future building 
at the Home is for better facilities 
for caring for bed patients, and 
those in wheel chairs, etc. For 
those of you who are not familiar 
with the arrangement at the Home, 
there are only two bedrooms on the 
first floor. Yes, there is an elevator 
to the second floor, but this is 
time-consuming in tending to the 
people who are confined to their 
beds. There is also a need to keep 
these members separate from the 
active members. 

HELP. To have an efficient staff of 
helpers is one of the problems of 

managing the Home. With social 
security and unemployment pay 
available to people elsewhere, it 
makes it difficult to secure ade- 
quate help at our Home. 

I am thankful for the growth 
and increased interest in demands 
for residence at our Brethren's 
Home. We, the Benevolent Board, 
would feel a sense of failure if 
this were not true. Much credit for 
this success however, must go to Mr. 
and Mrs. Kuns for their patient and 
efficient care of members of the 
Home. All about us we see industry, 
schools, and churches enlarging 
their facilities, so the Benevolent 
Board does not hesitate to ask the 
Brethren Denomination to assist in 
a much-needed building program 
at The Brethren's Home. 


February 2, 1963 

Page Seventeen 



County Line, Indiana, Brethren Church 

YOU ASK ME WHY we visit the 
Brethren's Home? Different 
reasons rush to my mind. First, 
we love to see the very sweetness 
and gratitude of these elderly 
Christians who've carried the ball 
and forged ahead before us, for 
Christ and His Gospel. They radiate 
love, kindness, and serenity. 

Please join us as we prepare and 
take a trip to Flora. 

We have a work committee which 
plans our work, gifts, and favors 
for the coming year. During the 
winter months we set aside the 
3rd Tuesday of each month to meet 
in the church basement and make 
these gifts — sew rags for rugs — 
make bandages and squares for Ni- 
geria, etc. During the summer, if 
someone has extra garden produce 
or fruit, we have a "canning bee". 
Eight or ten ladies with several 
pressure cookers can fill a lot of 
cans in a day. Sometimes we agree 
that each lady will give eight or 
ten quarts of her own canning, or 
if she chooses, may buy canned 
goods by the gallon. Still others 
send frozen food, as the Home has 

Now comes the day. Generally 
four or five vehicles, we always ask 
for two or three station wagons, 
meet at the church and redistribute 
our cargo so that all are equally 
loaded. We have about 75 miles to 
drive, so like to leave by 9:30 A.M. 
By the time we've arrived at the 
Home, unloaded our cargo, taken 
the canned and frozen goods to the 
basement, and greeted all the folks, 
we hear the dinner bell. We had 
brought our own table service, sal- 
ads, and desserts, which were 
placed on the tables. We go to the 
dining room and find our tableware 
so arranged that we may converse 
with the residents while eating. 
The Blessing is asked and we par- 
take of one of those scr-r-rumptious 
meals that Mrs. Kuns and her help 

always prepare. On our trip down, 
we try to guess and hope that she 
will have some of those good, good 
turnips and sweet potatoes. And 
they fix the most delicious chicken 
dishes we have ever tasted. All the 
meat and vegetables are raised 
right on the farm. 

After dinner, we go to the living 
room and visit until all are as- 
sembled. Our program committee 
then takes charge, having congre- 
gational singing, specials by our 
ladies and a message from our 
Pastor. Individual gifts are then 
given to each resident and helper — 
something for Mr. and Mrs. Kuns 
—and comforters, rag rugs, sheets 
and pillowcases, and cookies for the 
Home. The cookies are also put in 
the freezer and used whenever they 
like. Then we visit with some folks 
who've been unable to come down- 
stairs, and with others who invite 
us to visit their rooms. 

It is wonderful that these folks 
may live together and enjoy each 
other's company and then if they 
desire privacy, they may retire to 
their own rooms. These rooms may 
be furnished with their own furni- 
ture and treasured mementos of 
former years, pictures of loved ones, 
and the materials of their present 
hobbies which keep their minds 
and bodies active and nimble. We 
learn as we visit these rooms, how 
some are surpassing handicaps, how 
some suffer physical pain with pa- 
tience, and of other interests in 
their lives. 

Following adieus, we start home 
again, being glad if we have given 
them happiness and cheer, know- 
ing that it is mutual. That as we 
honor and respect them, we are 
equally blest. 

Did you like the visit? 

That's the reason we anticipate 
visiting the Brethren's Home! 

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The Brethren Evangelist ■■■ 


The Brethren's Home and Benevolent Board 

TN TERMS OF MONEY, what is it 
-*- worth to you to have your 
mother, or your father, or some- 
one dear to you, to have a warm 
home in winter, a peaceful place to 
live and walk about in summer? 
What does it mean to you to know 
that someone is on call twenty-four 
hours a day, with medical care, 
clean clothing, and regular meals? 
Would it help you to relax to know 
that they have this care at the 
hands of fine Christian people? 

Our Brethren's Home is a good 
home; it is a Christian home; it 
is a home for elderly Brethren peo- 
ple; it is superintended and op- 
erated by kind. God-fearing Breth- 
ren people. Brethren Church ser- 

vices are held regularly at our Home 
in Flora, Indiana. These are some 
of the advantages of the home you 
hear so much about this time of 

As a Benevolent Board, we are 
asking every Brethren person, 
"What is it worth to you — in dol- 
lars?" For your dollars can work 
in places where you yourself can- 
not go. The cost to the Benevolent 
Board is just under TWO DOL- 
BRETHREN CHURCH per year to 
own, operate and protect and man- 
age the Brethren's Home and prop- 

In addition to operating the 
Home, the Benevolent Board pays 

$25.00 monthly to ten ministers' 
widows, $35.00 to one retired min- 
ister and $45.00 to four retired min- 
isters whose wives are still living. 
This means that almost HALF of 
VIDUAL GIFTS per year goes to 
pay just for superannuated min- 
isters (or widows) alone! (The total 
gifts and offerings amounts to 
$11,000 plus.) 

THE QUESTION IS: What is it 
worth, in terms of dollars, to me — 
to you — to own, keep, operate, 
protect all of the property, and 
physically, medically and spiritually 
care for our aged Brethren? Two 
dollars? Five dollars? At ANY price, 
it sounds like "reasonable service." 



MR. DORMAN L RONK, President, 
The Brethren's Honne and Benevolent Board 

THIS YEAR the Benevolent 
Board has instigated another 
benefit to those who desire to make 
a substantial financial contribu- 
tion to the building program. Be- 
cause of the immediate need for 
additional rooms for bed-ridden pa- 
tients at The Home, the Board has 
approved an Annuity Plan whereby 
interest on a gift is paid annually 
to the giver. 

Obviously by this method, the 
Board hopes to increase the Build- 
ing Fund — because the need is ur- 
gent — and at the same time show 
its appreciation by giving a certain 
percentage in return. 

In brief, this is the way the An- 
nuity Plan is established. A man. 
age 70, giving $100 would receive 7.6 
per cent annually on his gift, or 
$7.60 in return. A woman at 70 years 
of age would receive 6.3 per cent 
annually. The interest rate is es- 
tablished according to the age of 

the individual when the Annuity 
Plan is written. A man at age 80 
would receive 12.3 per cent inter- 
est. Rates for a woman are not 
quite so high. A woman at 80 years 
of age would receive 9.5 per cent. 

Today the usual interest rate with 
banks or savings companies vary 
between 3.5 - 4.5 per cent. One can 
easily see the comparison. 

There are other advantages to 
you who support the Annuity Plan. 
I will mention just three: 

1. You receive while you give. 
This Annuity Plan is an ideal meth- 
od for someone who desires to give 
his money for Christian Service, 
and yet needs a life-time income, 
which will not be changed. Once 
the Annuity Plan is written your 
money is put into use, and the in- 
terest begins from that date. 

2. There is no problem of per- 
sonal management of your invest- 
ments. This investment is safe and 

sure, and you need not worry about 
hazardous or risky opportunities for 
your money. 

3. There is a tax benefit when 
your gift is for a charitable organi- 
zation. The Government considers 
a portion of each dollar as a chari- 
table contribution, which is de- 
ductible for income tax purposes. 
The amount which is tax-deduc- 
tible varies, according to your age 
when the Annuity Plan is written. 

These advantages are important 
and well worth your consideration. 
Then consider one more: when you 
support the Annuity Plan you will 
help the Benevolent Board to at- 
tain its goal: better accommoda- 
tions for the aged of our denomina- 

Your inquiries and questions may 
be addressed to The Benevolent 
Board, in care of Dorman L. Ronk, 
President, 811 Grant Street, Ash- 
land, Ohio. 

February 2, 1963 

Page Nineteen 

Members of the 

THE MEMBERS of the Brethren's 
Home and Benevolent Board 
are elected at General Conference 
for a five-year term. Under the 
new denominational policy estab- 
lished by the 1961 Conference, a 
member may serve no longer than 
two terms on a denominational 
Board. Because of this, the name of 
John R. Johnston was not sub- 
mitted for re-election. Mr. Johnston 
had been president of the Board 
for a number of years. We wish 
publicly to express our apprecia- 
tion for his years of faithful ser- 
vice. His leadership of the Board 
during the past years has been more 
valuable than words can express. 
The Brethren's Home and Ben- 
evolent Board has the responsibihty 

of the operation of The Home, and 
the supervision of the Superan- 
nuated Ministers' Fund. The Board 
members are: 

President: Dorman L. Ronk. He 
is a member of the Park Street 
Brethren Church in Ashland, Ohio, 
and is Plant Engineer at Ashland 

Vice President: Russell Rodkey. 
He farms near Kokomo, Indiana, 
and is a member of the Burlington 
Brethren Church. 

Secretary: Ernest Fair. He be- 
longs to the Pleasant Hill Brethren 
Church, and farms near Ludlow 
Falls, Ohio. 

Treasurer: Rev. Clarence A. 
Stogsdill. The Pastor of our Mil- 
ledgeville, Illinois, Brethren Church, 

he is also the moderator for ihe 
1963 General Conference. 

Other members include: 

Rev. Herbert Gilmer, pastor of 
the Brethren Church at Roann, In- 

Carl Denlinger, who lives in Day- 
ton, Ohio, and is retired. 

Kermit Bowser, New Lebanon, 
Ohio. He is associated with the 
State Tax Commission. 

Max Miller, Nappanee, Indiana. 
He is employed at the Vitreous Steel 
Products Company, and is the oec- 
retary-treasurer of the Indiana Dis- 
trict Laymen. 

Royce Gates, Akron, Ohio. Ha is 
the new member this year, and is 
president of the Northern Ohio 
Laymen's Organization. 


MR. AND MRS. RUSSELL KUNS, Supt. and Mafron, 

The Brethren's Home, Flora, Indiana 

GREETINGS from The Breth- 
ren's Home, Flora, Indiana. On 
March 1st, we will be starting our 
tenth year serving you as Super- 
intendent and Matron of the 
Brethren's Home. 

We have eighteen members; four 
are confined to their rooms. We 
are badly in need of a new addi- 
tion, a place to care for our sick 
and bedfast patients so they can 
be away from our active members. 
Also, it would be more convenient 
to take care of them. Help is quite 
a problem here. We are direly in 
need of a man and wife now. 

We have lost three members this 
past year: Mrs. Florence Brower, 
January 13, of the Flora Church; 
Mrs. Susie Klepinger, of the Day- 
ton, Ohio, Church ; Mrs. Lova Walk- 
er, from our Flora, Indiana, Church. 

We have taken in two new mem- 
bers: Mrs. Menerva Aldrich, Tee- 
garden, Indiana, Church; Mrs. 
Laura Keyes from the Ashland, 
Ohio, Church. We are very happy 
to have them. 

The large refrigerator, which we 
asked for at Conference, has been 
bought, and is very suitable to our 
needs. It is 28 cubic feet in ca- 
pacity, and we are so happy to get 
it. Thanks to the churches which 

have sent in donations; however, 
we need more to cover the cost of 
it. Perhaps some Sunday School 
class could take it as a project and 
help us on it. Then too, another 
project is covering halls upstairs 
with tile floor covering. 

In behalf of the Brethren's Home, 
we want to thank everyone who 

has helped us in any way during 
this past year, and at Christmas 
time with your lovely boxes of gifts, 
fruits of all kinds, and those who 
gave to the Food for the Faithful. 
Also the young people who came 
and put on programs for the old 
folk here. Many, many thanks 
again. May God bless each one. 

Residents of fhe Brethren's Home 
and Their Birthdays 

Russell A. Kuns (Superintendent) January 4 

Mrs. Ella Duker February 9 

Mrs. Gladys Kuns (Matron) February 13 

Mr. Roy Stonebraker ■ March 3 

Miss Anna Cashour March 22 

Mrs. Orpha Beekley April 5 

Mrs. Laura Keys April 9 

Miss Emma Berkheiser April 14 

Mr. Merle Walker April 17 

Mrs. Myrtle Rainey May 23 

Mrs. Eva Shanefelt June 18 

Mr. Henry Trimmer Ju'^^ 27 

Mr. David Eller July 7 

Mrs. Menerva Aldrich July 27 

Mr. Louis Deeter August 15 

Mrs. Goldie Stonebraker August 22 

Mr. George Crume September 2 

Miss Nancy Bowers (Cook) September 4 

Rev DyoU Belote September 13 

Mrs. Hattie Mann September 19 

Mrs. Daisy King October 18 

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The Brethren Evangelist 



The Brethren's Home and Benevolent Board 

work at the Brethren's Home 
is a mission work. I fear there are 
too many in the Brethren Denomi- 
nation who do not realize this. 
I sense this, because it is almost 
impossible to get a Brethren couple 
to help in this very fine home. 
Since the Brethren's Home is a 
Brethren work, should we expect 
other denominational workers to 
do this work? Did I hear you say 
no? Then why have the Board 
members been forced to get others 
to help? At one time we had Jeho- 
vah's Witnesses (a married couple J 
to help in the home. Why? Because 
Brethren will not respond to their 
own work! Let's face it. It is the 
truth. You may think that this 
is not necessary and that if you 
were the president of the Benevo- 
lent Board, you would never allow 

The writer has served on this 
Board for four years, and you soon 
find out the problems of a Board 
when you serve on it. The outsider 
does not realize nor does he fully 
understand. That is why I am mak- 
ing a striking statement in this 
article. Brethren people take re- 
sponsibilities in other things. Why 
not in the work that God has called 

us to do Denominationally? I RE- 
ly it cannot be that Brethren peo- 
ple are selfish and don't want to 
put themselves out or leave their 
home or their home church and 
friends to go into another com- 
munity to serve the Lord Jesus 
Christ. Are we afraid to sacrifice 
for fear God will let us down? 
Surely in our entire Brethren De- 
nomination there MUST BE A 
MARRIED COUPLE that could re- 
spond to this fine work at the 
Brethren's Home. 

Allow me to explain who the Home 
needs: We need a couple to live 
in the Home that will assist Broth- 
er and Sister Kuns in this great 
responsibility of caring for our el- 
derly Brethren. Any one that likes 
to help elderly people, understands 
them, and will love them by serv- 
ing, is on the eligible list to help in 
the Home. It would be fine for the 
husband to know how to farm, do 
carpenter work, and, since a new 
building will be going up, it would 
help to have some one on the field 
who knows something about con- 
struction. He must be willing to do 
any type work that helps in the 
cause of taking care of our elders. 

The wife should know about cook- 
ing; nursing experience will be 
helpful, but mostly she should be 
willing to help anywhere in the 
Home at anytime. The Kuns are 
on 24 hour duty everyday. They 
are getting older like the rest of 

A married couple should come in 
and get acquainted with the work 
so they can take over when the 
Kuns feel that they have served 
long enough. If their health would 
fail our Board has no one to fall 
back on to take over. We must look 
into the future and prepare to 
keep the work running smoothly. 
It is the Board's desire to keep 
the feeling among our elders, "se- 
cure" and "truly loved." This feel- 
ing has existed since the Kuns 
have been serving. Since the Kuns 
live in the Home their helpers 
would live in one of the modern 
cottages beside the Home. The sal- 
ary the Home offers is real good 
and will be increased when they 
prove worthy. Food and lodging 
are furnished. Most of all there is 
the knowledge that one is truly 
serving the Lord. 

We have a very fine Home. It is 
clean and attractive. Even the out- 
side surroundings are beautiful. It 
is located one mile west of Flora, 
from the center of town. Space does 
not permit details, but see any 
member of the Board (page 74, 
Brethren Annual, '62 '63) or con- 
tact President Dorman Ronk, 811 
Grant St., Ashland, Ohio. Let each 
pastor search over his people in 
the congregation, and see the ones 
who would qualify for this mission 

Some may doubt this being called 
a mission work, but consider. It is 
helping people physically and spir- 
itually. It is a Christian Home and 
must be kept that way. Remember, 
a Christian home is the best home. 

February 2, 1963 

Page Twenty-one 

World Religious News 

in Review 




MOSCOW (EP) — Their plea for help 
from the United States not hav- 
ing succeeded a little band of Si- 
berian Christians have returned to 
their frozen homeland. 

The 32 peasants had pushed their 
way into the U. S. Embassy on 
Thursday, January 3, asking for 
help to get out of the Soviet Union. 

American officials, declaring that 
their hands were tied and they were 
unable to help, called the Soviet 
Foreign Office. 

Now — some weeping, some pro- 
testing, the small religious band 
has been placed aboard a bus and 
driven off under guard of plain- 
clothes policemen. 

The Russians told U. S. Embassy 
officials the Siberians — six men, 
twelve women and fourteen small 
children — would be taken to a rail- 
way hotel and given good treat- 

The Siberians, who described 
themselves as evangelical Chris- 
tians, said they left their frozen 
home of Cernogorsk, 2,100 miles 
east of Moscow, traveling four days 
by train. They had hoped the 
Americans would help them get out 
of the Soviet Union. 

They declared that they do not 
believe in submitting to any state 
authority, and stated: "We do not 
have any leaders. We are all equal. 
We are peaceful people. We want 
peace throughout the world." 

They claim their school-age chil- 
dren have been taken away from 
them after a similar religious group 
from Siberia visited the British 
Embassy about six months ago. 

The children are now in Moscow 
boarding schools, the Siberians 
claimed, and the parents are not 
allowed to see them. 

The visit to the British Embassy 
had not been revealed before. The 
officials there say that the group, 
which they identified as Russian 

Baptists, were quietly persuaded 
to leave. 

Now, their pleas for help rejected, 
the shabbily-dressed group has been 
sent home. 

"We don't want to go anywhere," 
said one of the peasants as Soviet 
authorities tried to coax him into 
the bus. "They will shoot us." 

Others declared, "Let us be sent 
to any country. It doesn't matter. 
There's no place for us here — no 
place to go... we appeal to all 
brothers and sisters who believe in 
Jesus Christ." 

An American official told news- 
men that the group had sought 
help to get out of the Soviet Union, 
rather than asylum in the embassy. 

The official stated: "We told 
them there was no way we could 
help them leave the Soviet Union 
unless they went through Soviet 
authorities. When they heard that 
they agreed there was no point in 

Washington officials declared 
that the United States does not 
recognize the granting of asylum 
by embassies or consular offices. 
The instructions are to permit 
exceptions "on humanitarian 
grounds" in cases of "uninvited 
fugitives whose lives are in im- 
minent danger from mob violence 
but only during the period active 
danger continues." 

Officials say that the case of 
Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty, who 
has remained at the U. S. Embassy 
in Budapest since 1956, is one jus- 
tifying asylum. 


CAPETOWN, so. AFRICA (EP) — Athe- 
istic Communists are winning the 
"battle of the airwaves" over Chris- 
tian churches in South Africa. 

This charge was made by the 
Rev. A. J. Van Wyk to the Synod 
of the Dutch Reformed Mission 
Church here. He said Moscow Radio 
broadcasts 975 hours of propaganda 
to Africa each week, while the Voice 

of America beams 618 hours of ma- 
terial weekly to the continent. 

Peking Radio, Van Wyk added, 
uses a 200-kilowatt transmitter, 
while the strongest South African 
transmitter has a power of only 
15 kilowatts. 

He noted that Vatican Radio has 
two medium-wave and 24 short- 
wave transmitters carrying Catholic 
news throughout the world in 29 
different languages. 


STOCKHOLM (EP) — For the first 
time since the Reformation, a Ro- 
man Catholic bishop was conse- 
crated in Sweden. 

Radio and television in this pre- 
dominantly Lutheran country car- 
ried the solemn ritual into homes 
all over the Scandinavian country. 
The consecration of Bishop John 
E. Taylor, O. M. I., of Stockholm, 
a native of East St. Louis, 111., took 
place in the Blue Hall of Stock- 
holm's City Hall because the Ca- 
thedral was too small to accommo- 
date the crowd of 2,000 persons. 

Among those present were U. S. 
Ambassador and Mrs. J. Graham 
Parsons; Governor John Hagander 
of Stockholm, as well as Lutheran 
and Catholic clergy. 


BOSTON (EP) — Somebody goofed. 

The event was a Columban nuns' 
benefit at the Boston Garden. 

The menu had been ordered 
early, with sausage to accompany 
the eggs. 

Too late, almost, somebody re- 
alized that November 30 was a Fri- 

What to do? Comedian Jimmy 
Durante and the other Catholics 
who would attend would not be able 
to eat the breakfast. 

A worried call was placed to 
Richard Cardinal Cushing, Arch- 
bishop of Boston, by one of the 

Sigh of relief — because it was in 
a good cause — Cardinal Cushing 
granted a dispensation allowing 
Catholics to eat the meat on Friday. 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

We appreciate all the contributions that we receive 
for missions. We have the wonderful privilege of stand- 
ing "in between" . . • linking the needs out there with 
friends like you back here. We sincerely strive to do what 
you Brethren desire with your financial help. 

When sending checks to the missionary board will 
you please write on the corner of the check or on an en- 
closure — world missions, home missions, or $10 Club — so 
that the distribution will be as you intended it. 

M. B. 


It cost Abraham the yielding up of his only son 

It cost Esther the risk of her life 

It cost Daniel being cast into the den of lions 

It cost Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego being put in a 

fiery furnace 
It cost Stephen death by stoning 
It cost Peter a martyr's death 
It cost Jesus His life 

What does if cost you? Anything? 


Sisterhood of Mary and Martha Maurertown, Va. 

"I Will" Sunday School Class Bethlehem, Va. 

Pauline Ryder Cerro Gordo, 111. 

Berean Class Goshen, Ind. 

Mrs. Erma Aughinbaugh Conemaugh, Penna. 

Mrs. Lola McCants Mulvane, Kan., 

Derby Brethren 
Olive Stouffer Hagerstown, Md. 

Ten Dollar Club^Sl^^^o^eRy^fSlBS 
January 1. 1963 to July 1, 1963 

February 2, 1963 

Page Twenty-three 


TT WAS A JOYOUS day September 29, 1962, 
■'■ when members of the Newark Church, "dis- 
tinguished guests", and interested friends 
gathered to break ground for construction of 
the new edifice. This day came following a 
number of years of hoping and praying, about 
a year of concentrated study and planning, 
and several delays — but it was a joyous day. 
Today, (January 10) slightly more than three 
months later, men are at work putting on the 

Monday, October 1, Mr. Bowers, the con- 
tractor, came and staked out the building. 
Some may wonder how you stake out a round 
building. Well, the most important thing 
was to determine the very center, and the 
front entrance of the church. The workmen 
have built from these two points, and pri- 
marily the center. Tuesday, October 2, the 
power shovel began digging the trench for 
the footer, and progress has continued. 

Following the pouring of the footer, the 
foundation walls were laid, most of the floor 
poured, then the walls and partitions laid. 
The pre-cast concrete paneling which is the 
exterior wall arrived Tuesday, November 2 
via transport truck. It was lifted from the 


More Progress! 

Thurs., Jan. 10, 1963 

Nov. 2, 196. 

Panels all in place 

truck by crane and set in place. By end of 
day, — empty truck, and all panels in place. 
One reject panel which was sent along by 
the company, will be used in making our sign. 

Severe weather the first part of December 
halted our work for about two weeks; then 
in the middle of December the men started 
putting on the joists. The workmen started 
putting on the Tectum for the roof, Monday, 
January 7. This also makes the ceiling inside. 
This is a tar and gravel flat roof over the 
classroom areas. The dome over the sanctuary 
covers the center part of the building. 

The contractor expects to install the fur- 
naces and windows, in another week or so 
(weather permitting) thus being able to 
proceed with construction of the dome, and the 
finish work inside. 

As one goes inside the building now, one 
can begin to sense the feeling of the building 
which we believe will lend itself to a very 
close fellowship and communion. The facilities 
for Christian Education will likewise be a real 
addition to the teaching of the Word. 

Once more we would pause to thank God 
for His guidance and leading thus far, and 
you of the Brethren who have remembered 
us often in your prayers, and through your 
support of the $10 Club Call for Newark. 
Thomas Shannon, Pastor. 

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Shortly after the conversion of Billy Sunday, 
an aged minister said to him: "My boy, if you'll 
do three things daily, you'll be a victorious 
Christian: spend 15 minutes daily reading God's 
Word, letting God talk to you; 15 minutes in 
prayer talking to God; and 15 minutes talking 
to someone else about God!" 


The story is told of a man in a large city 
who sat on a window ledge, preparing to leap 
into the street. It was six stories up. 

A crowd gathered below, yelling at him. Some 
cried it would be wicked to destroy his life, 
others that he should go on living in order to 
help his fellow men. 

None of these arguments had any effect. The 
man was humping up, ready to put his fearful 
plan into operation, when another pedestrian! 
came on the scene. "Hey, fellow," he bellowed, i 
"don't be foolish. I'm looking for a fellow just 
like you. I need a clerk in my store and havei 
trouble finding one. Come down, and you'll get 
the job!" 

The occupier of the ledge crawled closer to 
the window behind him, pushed it open. "Now 
that's talking!" he answered. "Maybe you folks 
below enjoy being without a job for weeks, 
eating only what you beg. I couldn't take it. 
Yet I'll do honest work any day." 

He got into the building, walked downstairs, 
and was soon going up the street with his new- 
found boss. 

What made the difference between the last 
speaker and the previous ones? He did some- 
thing for the desperate fellow in the situation 
where he found himself, proving to be the best 
friend in the crowd. Love, especially Christian 
love, is primarily a doing. 

Our hearts overflow toward Jesus our Lord! 
because of what He has done for us. He gave! 
an example of healing and comforting work 
among men. He died on the cross to redeem! 
us from sin. That can be repaid only by giving 
ourselves completely to Him. 

Gilbert Malcolm Fess. 


The skeleton of a woman was found on the 
hot sands of the Mojave Desert. Before death, 
she had written a note which read: "I am ex- 
hausted and must have water! I do not believe 
I can last much longer!" She died of thirst 
and exposure just two miles from Surprise 
Springs where water flowed in abundance. 

None need die of spiritual thirst. All may ac- 
cept the all-inclusive invitation of the Saviour: 
"And whosoever will, let him take the water of 
life freely" (Rev. 22:17). 


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February 9, 1963 

Page Three 



ONE HUNDRED and fifty- 
four years ago this month 
there was born in a humble log 
cabin a baby boy wlio later be- 
came one of the world's great 
leaders. He was liked and ap- 
plauded by some. He was hated 
by others, even to the degree 
that he lost his life at the hand 
of one of his enemies. 

Early in life he resolved a 
great purpose, and his whole be- 
ing centered in bringing that 
great goal to fruition. Yes, this 
was none other than the one 
who was known as "The Great 
Emancipator" — Abraham Lin- 
coln. Born in humble surround- 
ings, carefully taught by loved 
ones, using the Bible as his com- 
panion, he grew to young man- 
hood with the determination to 
do something worthwhile in life, 
regardless of the cost. What that 
cost was, we can determine by 
reading the history of that age. 

In early manhood, Lincoln 
saw the beating of a colored 
slave by a white master. He 
said, of the slavery issue, "If 
I ever get a chance to hit that 
thing, I'll hit it hard." We know 
what he did. After being elected 
the sixteenth president of the 
United States, Lincoln brought 
to pass the Emancipation Proc- 
lamation which had as its pur- 
pose the freeing of the slaves, 
as of January 1, 1863. That was 
just one hundred years ago. 

Lincoln recognized the worth 
and value of the body and soul 
of the individual as created by 
God. He recognized the rights 
and privileges each individual 
had as a citizen of a free nation. 
That is why he did what he did. 
We know the results. 

Now, just one hundred years 
later, would it not be well to 
evaluate briefly the lasting re- 
sults of Lincoln's efforts? We 
need not dwell long on the devas- 
tation which filled the southern 
part of our nation. The broken 
hearts, the maimed bodies and 
souls of countless men in all 
parts of the country, bore mute 
testimony as to what happened 
in those painful days. 

Some will question whether 
Lincoln was right or wrong. 
Given certain circumstances and 
individuals today, and the ver- 
bal contest would create the heat 
of battle all over again. It 
should be noted that we today 
have the results of Lincoln's ac- 
tions and of that of the war 
days, so there is no use in specu- 
lating as to what might have 
been. The question is, "What 
are we doing about race rela- 
tions one hundred years after 
the slaves were freed?" 

Lincoln's famous statement, 
"With malice toward none; with 
charity for all", is certainly per- 
tinent to today's situation. His 
words need to be held upper- 

most in the minds and thoughts 
of every American, white and 
colored alike ! 

The Church bears a respon- 
sibility to a greater degi-ee than 
she is accepting in this matter 
of race relations. First, we must 
remember that each and every 
human, regardless of color or 
status in life, has an eternal 
soul which needs to be re- 
deemed through Christ, or eter- 
nal loss will be the result. Sec- 
ondly, we need to love the souls 
of all men as Christ loves them. 
When we do this, there will be 
a greater effort made to see 
that they are in possession of 
the good news of salvation 
through Christ. Third, we need 
to remember that when Chris- 
tian love dwells within the heart, 
the way is open to the solving 
of all the problems of society. 
To put Lincoln's creed concern- 
ing malice and charity into ef- 
fect, it takes the Christian heart 
to do it! 

Grave tensions are on every 
hand. Not only between whites 
and colored, but sad to say, be- 
tween whites and between col- 
ored peoples, and very unfor- 
tunately, between Christians in 
our churches. Lincoln brought 
straight from the Bible his life's 
purpose of creating a loving fel- 
lowship of people. Let's not lose 
it in our midst! Paul said it, too, 
"In honor preferring one 
another." W. S. B. 

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The Brethren Kvangelist 

North Korea, was the speaker at 
services in the Ardmore church. 

neth Howard was in charge of ser- 
vices at a local rest home on Jan- 
uary 27th. 

SARASOTA, FLORIDA. Two new mem- 
bers were received by letter re- 

WASHINGTON, D. c. Two ncw mem- 
bers were received by baptism on 
January 13th. 

BERLIN, PA. Brother Ralph E. Mills 
reports the election of the follow- 
ing to the office of deacon and 
deaconess: Jack Brant, Henry Fritz, 
Ted Sarver, Harold Wyant; Mrs. 
Paul Bird, Miss Ida Kimmel, Mrs. 
Garner Pritz, Mrs. Harold Wyant. 
The service of ordination was held 
on January 13th. 


Pastor Jim Black notes that their 
Cash Day program was scheduled 
for the evening of January 26th, 
featuring the Temple Gates Quar- 
tet, a girls' quintet, and talent from 
their own church. 

Charles C. Bader reports the elec- 
tion of the following to the office 
of deacon and deaconess: Mr. and 
Mrs. Claude Bowser, Mr. and Mrs. 
Roy Priser, Mrs. Catherine King, 
Mrs. Ruth Riley. A service of or- 
dination is to be held soon. 

Robert L. Keplinger, who has pas- 
tored the Trinity church for the 
past nine years, has tendered his 

resignation in order to assume pas- 
torate of the Fairless Hills-Levit- 
town, Pennsylvania, church. Broth- 
er Keplinger plans to move to his 
new field of service about April 1st. 


Bruce C. Stark of Ashland Theo- 
logical Seminary, was guest speaker 
in the Park Street church the 
morning of January 27th. 

The Junior and Senior Sisterhood 
public service was held the evening 
of January 27th with Mrs. Harry 
Dotson as the speaker. 


new members were received by 
baptism, and two by letter recently. 


For Laymen's Sunday, January 
27th, Rev. Yoo II Peal, formerly of 



Preaching Mission — Mar. 3-10 — 
Rev. H. William Fells, Evangelist; 
Rev. H. Francis Berkshire, Pastor. 
(Date changed after publication of 
last week's Evangelist.) 


WASHINGTON, D. c. (EP) — Ken- 
tucky's Sunday closing law has the 
backing of the U. S. Supreme Court. 

Voting 8-1, the justices of the 
high court refused to make the 
Kentucky case a federal question. 
Justice William O. Douglas, feeling 
the court should accept the case, 
was the lone dissenter. 

The Supreme Court has upheld 
the Sunday closing laws in Pennsyl- 
vania, Maryland and Massachu- 


A dedicated Christian couple is needed desperately 
righf now to assist Mr. and Mrs. Kuns in the care and work 
at The Home. Private living quarters, board, and a good 
salary are paid to a husband and wife who want to enter 
this field of Christian service. 

Please write to Mr. Russell Kuns, The Brethren's Home, 
Flora, Indiana, if you are interested; and will the rest of 
you pray for this need? 


FOR: Brethren Superintendents, teachers, assistants, administra- 
tors, helpers, pastors and prospective teachers. 

DATE: Saturday. February 23, 1963 

PLACE: Asbury Methodist Church, Delaware, Ohio 

TIME: 10:15 a. m. to 6:30 p.m. 

LEADER: Mrs. Arthur Funkhouser, Gospel Light Publications 

COST: $2.00 (includes registration and meals) 

Mrs. Arthur 

February 9, 1963 

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General Theme for the Year: "LIVING THE LIFE" 
Theme for March — "BY SERVING WITH CHRIST" 

Writer for March — REV. J. MILTON BOWMAN 

March 1st through 7th — "Preparation for Service" 

Writing our Daily Devotions for 
March is REV. J. MILTON BOW- 
MAN, Pastor of the Brethren Church 
at Elkhart, Indiana. Brother Bowman 
serves the denomination as a member 
of the Missionary Board of the Breth- 
ren Church. The Bowmans live at 
1146 Gary Court, Elkhart, Indiana. 

Friday, March 1, 1963 
Read Scripture- Luke 9:23-27 

Scripture verse-. And he said to 
thefti all, If any man will come 
after me, let him deny himself, 
and take up his cross daily, and 
follow me. Luke 9:23. 

Peter had just answered Christ's 
question, "Who do you your- 
selves say that I am?" Peter 
said, "The Christ of God". It 
was then that Jesus indicated 
that it takes more than words 
to become a true follower. There 
are certain requirements. One 
must choose to walk in Christ's 
footsteps. There must be a starting 
place. Ausonius said, "Begin; to 
have begun is half the work. Let 
the half still remain; again begin 
this and thou wilt have done all." 
Self must be erased. We must say 
"No" to self, put the cross on our 
shoulders daily and follow Christ. 
The Day's Thought 
i "God who placed me here will do 
what He pleases with me hereafter, 
and He knows best what to do." 
— Bolingbroke. 

Saturday, March 2, 1963 
Read Scripture: II Timothy 3:12-17 

Scripture verse: Study to sheiv 
thyself approved unto God, a work- 
man that needeth not to be 
ashamed, rightly dividing the loord 
of truth. II Timothy 2:15. 

The Word of God in our hearts 
is one of the greatest things that 
can happen to the Christian. Anna 
Hempstead Branch put it as fol- 
"God wove a web of loveliness, 

Of flowers and trees and birds, 
But made not anything at all 

So beautiful as words. 
They shine around our simple earth 

With golden Shadowings, 

Atid every common thing they 
Is exquisite with wings." 
Many times the Bible says, "The 
word of the Lord came to me." How 
can it come to us if we do not 
hide it in our hearts? It is swift, 
sharp, and has the answers to not 
only our problems but also those 
of the world. Study it! 

The Day's Thought 
The Word of God written on the 
tablet of thy heart will wing its 
way into the hearts and lives of 

Sunday, March 3, 1963 

Read Scripture: Philippians 3:8-14 
Scripture verse: But this one 
thing I do, forgetting those things 
which are behind, and reaching 
forth unto those things which are 
before, I press toward the mark 
for the prize of the high calling 
of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 
3:13, 14. 

The Bible has furnished to the 
world the character of St. Paul. 
If the Bible had done nothing else, 
that alone would have entitled it 
to the respect of mankind. He was 
so human; so energetic that God 
had to prepare him in a special 
way. Many Christians have lost 
their zeal. Christianity to them is 
just another club. They do stir up 
enthusiasm for athletic events or 
for their grandchildren. 

When one stands on Mars Hill 
where Paul gave His outstanding 
message to the pagan Greeks, there 
is a sense of awe at the majestic 
scene. As he looked over the great 
forum and the market place and 
looked up at the great temples to 
their various gods, with tremen- 
dous courage he pointed them to 
the true God who was unknown 

to them. He had a great goal; a 
great prize for which he worked 
with the zeal of one who was 
burning out for Christ rather than 
rusting out. Horace Mann said, 
"Deeds survive the doer." Paul was 
a man of deeds. 

The Day's Thought 
Let us, then, be up and doing, 

With a heart for any fate; 
Still achieving, still pursuing, 
Learn to labor and to wait! 
— Henry W. Longfellow. 

Monday, March 4, 1963 
Read Scripture: I Peter 2:19-25 

Scripture verse: For even here- 
unto were ye called: because Christ 
also suffered for us, leaving us an 
example, that ye should folloto his 
steps. I Peter 2:21. 

What a powerful influence is ex- 
ample upon the lives of others. 
Christ's way of life has never been 
equaled by any person. He is the 
most dynamic personality that ever 
walked this earth. It was necessary 
for Him to endure great suffering 
because we, like sheep, had gone 

In the Holy Land today it is in- 
teresting to see the shepherds and 
their flocks just like they were at 
the time of Christ and even back 
to the time of Abraham. Their 
tents are like the ones Abraham, 
Isaac and Jacob used. They know 
their sheep. Christ knows His. 

As Christians we must be pre- 
pared for suffering if necessary. 
The Scripture says, "Bear ye one 
another's burdens and so fulfil the 
law of Christ." Gal. 6:2. 

The Day's Thought 
"Suffering overcomes the mind's 
inertia; develops the thinking pow- 
ers, opens up a new world, and 

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drives the soul to action," — Anthony 
D. Evans. 

Tuesday, March 5, 1963 
Read Scripture: Acts 9:10-22 

Scripture verse: But the Lord 
said unto him, Go thy way: for he 
is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear 
my name before the Gentiles, and 
kings, and the children of Israel. 
Acts 9:15. 

Whoever would have thought that 
this wild man, Saul, would have 
been tapped on the shoulder by 
the mighty hand of Christ the 
Lord? What a privilege it is to be- 
come a chosen vessel; one of service 
for the greatest cause in the world. 

A blind beggar wandered into a 
mission station. Operations re- 
moved cataracts. He realized he had 
a mission to perform. Gathering 
eighteen blind neighbors, he fasten- 
ed a rope to each one and putting 
himself at the head of the line, 
led them on a two day's trip to 
the hospital. What a clinic for the 
mission hospital! What an audience 
for the Christian missionary! What 
a service by this blind man who 
had been made to see! On Straight 
Street in Damascus, Paul's crooked 
life was made straight. 

The Day's Thought 

"The minister is to be a live man, 

a real man, a true man, a simple 

man, great in his love, great in his 
life, great in his work, great in his 
simplicity, great in his gentleness." 
— John Hall. 

Wednesday, March 6, 1963 
Read Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-15 

Scripture verse: And he gave 
some, apostles; and some, prophets; 
a7id some, evangelists; and some, 
pastors and teachers; For the per- 
fecting of the saints, for the work 
of the ministry, for the edifying 
of the body of Christ. Ephesians 4: 

In the service of the King we 
must walk worthy of our vocation. 
Isn't it wonderful that God can use 
any talent or ability we may have? 
Often, however, decisions are dif- 

In China an entire family, ex- 
cepting one boy, was murdered. The 
boy became a Christian preacher 
and was up for assignment. He 
said, "Mr. Moderator, yes; I want 
you to send me to that city where 
they murdered my father, my 
mother, my little sister, and my 
baby brother. I want to live and 
preach Christ there." 

There is a crying need today for 
millions of Christians to yield them- 
selves body and soul to the Christ 
of God. Are you giving your best 
to the Master? 

The Day's Thought 
"Whatsoever thy hand findeth 
to do, do it with all thy might." 

Thursday, March 7, 1963 
Read Scripture: Matthew 10:29-39 
Scripture verse: And he that 
taketh not his cross, and followeth 
after me, is not worthy of me. Mat- 
thew 10:38. 

We must walk worthy of the 
Lord! "For what is a man profited, 
if he shall gain the whole world, 
and lose his own soul?" A living 
soul in the image of God, with a 
capacity to love like God and re- 
turn that love to God is priceless. 
We must play for keeps! How ter- 
rible to be unworthy of Christ! 
Will you pick up the cross and walk 
in His footsteps? 

A minister was taking exception 
to some statements in the Bible. 
A teen-age negro girl said to him 
after the service, "Pastor, I knows 
you is an educated man and I is 
not an educated girl, Now if the 
Lord did not mean what He says 
in the Bible, why didn't He say 
what He meant?" Walk worthy! 
The Day's Thought 
Four things come not back: 
The spoken word, 
The sped arrow; 
Time past; 

The neglected opportunity. 
—Omar Ibn, Al Halif. 

Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 

C. Y. Gilmer 


"Soon the Savior, long expected, 
For His saints alone appear. 
All His saints, by man rejected, 
Soon shall meet Him in the air. 
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! 
He comes His own to rapture." 

CHRIST WILL COME FOR His saints, and for His 
coming they are to "watch" (Mk. 13:35-37). 
They are to watch expectantly for His coming, which 
means that He may come at any time (Matt. 24:42). 
He commands that we are to watch and pray for 
this event (Mk. 13:33). He expects us to be in readi- 
ness every day, every hour (Matt. 25:13). The point 
in the tarrying of the ten virgins for the coming of 

the bridegroom and the parables of the servant watch- 
ing for his master's return teach that our Master's 
return is imminent (Matt. 25:1-13; Mk. 13:33-37). 

Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wisely 
expected Christ's return in his lifetime (1 Thess. 4: 
17). Our citizenship is in Heaven from whence we 
look for the Savior who will give a resurrection to 
the dead bodies of the saints (Phil. 3:20, 21). 

"In my immortal flesh I'll rise 

To seize the everlasting prize. 

And shout while passing through the air, 

Farewell, farewell, sweet hour of prayer!" 

In Revelation, Jesus said that He would "come quick- 
ly," and John was eager for Him to come (Rev. 22: 
20) . We are to constantly "abide" in Christ lest being 
caught unexpectedly out of His will we would be 
ashamed before Him (1 Jn. 2:28). 

The rapture must preceed the great tribulation else 
there would be no point in watching for the Lord's 
coming (Matt. 24:15-21) . The great tribulation will be- 
gin with the abomination of desolation when the 
Man of Sin will enter a temple at Jerusalem to con- 
tend that he is God, and, breaking his covenant with 
the Jews, will demand that they worship him (Dan. 
9:27; Matt. 24:15, 21). The great tribulation will be 

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during the last half of Daniel's seventieth week of 
seven years, i.e. three and one-half years, or times 
(Dan. 7:25; Rev. 12:14); i.e. forty-two months (Rev. 
11:2), or 1260 days (Rev. 11:3, 12:6). Thus all who 
will live during the great tribulation will know when 
it begins and ends, and would need no warning to 
be looking for Christ if He is to come after the tribu- 
lation to rapture His saints (Matt. 24:36-39). Jesus 
did not know on earth, and no man can know on 
earth the day of the coming rapture (Mk. 13:32). 
Christ's coming for His saints is not to be confused 
with His coming with His saints to end the battle 
of Armageddon, destroying the Antichrist and his 
armies (Matt. 13:41-43; Rev. 19:11-16). 

The rapture comes at the end of the church age, 
but no one knows when that age will end (Rev. 4: 
1, 2; comp. 1 Thess. 4:16, 17). Then follows a picture 
of the resurrected and raptured saints in Heaven 
(Rev. 4:4, 10). Christ rewards His servants (Lu. 19: 
15-19) . The saints are prepared to reign with Christ 
when He returns to earth to rule (Rev. 5:10). 

The Holy Spirit indwelling the saints in the world 
restrains the wickedness developing in the world so 
that the Man of Sin cannot be revealed until the 
Holy Spirit in the true church is taken out of this 
world (2 Thess. 2:1-8). We are not looking for the 
Antichrist but for God's Christ (1 Jn. 3:3; Titus 2: 
12, 13) . Christ's coming does not wait on the great 
tribulation but rather on soul winning (2 Pet. 3:9). 
Brethren, we'll meet you in the morning, at the last 
trump (Heb. 12:22-24). 

Sunday School Suggestions 

from the National S. S. Board 

Dick Winfield 

were prone to be very noisy and acted like "wild 

Seeing the need for using this free time to the best 
advantage, he rented a room, hired teachers, and 
in 1780 organized a class for the boys and girls. Out 
of his own pocket money he provided the means 
for paying for the help and for the room. These 
classes consisted of lessons in writing, good morals, 
reading, and instruction in the Word of God. Many 
condemned his noble effort, for they felt that it was 
sacrilegious to use Sunday for such a meeting. His- 
tory tells us that even the Church opposed the move- 
ment, but it had the support of many prominent 
individuals, and its growth continued rapidly. 

In the year 1785, when the Sunday Bible Schools 
were becoming popular, William Fox became burdened 
with the idea of teaching people to read their Bibles. 
He heard of the Sunday Bible School movement, and 
began a society for the purpose of organizing and 
supporting these schools. Next to the large assistance 
of this society, which Fox called the "Sunday School 
Society," the Sunday School movement owes its suc- 
cess to the active support of John Wesley, the founder 
of the Methodist Church. Wherever ten or more chil- 
dren were found within the larger Methodist con- 
gregations, Wesley organized a class for them. This 
was the beginning of the Church's interest in chil- 
dren's work. 

The Oak Grove Sunday School in Accomac County, 
Virginia, founded in 1802, is the oldest Sunday School 
in America. This School began and continued in the 
home of William Elliott, its founder, for sixteen years. 
Because of the lack of room, it was transferred to 
a Church building nearby. This move was the first 
association of a Church with the Sunday School. 
For 18 years until his death in 1836, William Elliott 
watched with keen interest the progress of his Sun- 
day School that had grown to become a part of the 
Church program. 



•"pHE SUNDAY SCHOOL has not always been a part 
1 of the program of the Church, nor has the 
Church been the motivating factor in the founding 
of the Sunday School. It is rather the other way 
around. The Church has been the result of the found- 
ing of Sunday Schools in many cities and communi- 
ties that had no Churches. 

An Englishman, Robert Raikes, though not the 
founder of the Sunday Bible School, but the one who 
popularized the idea, is today known as the father 
of the Sunday School movement. He was not a great 
scholar, but a well educated man and a publisher 
of a successful newspaper. When residents of the 
slum districts complained because of the unruly 
children and asked that the parents be condemned 
through his paper for the unruliness of the children, 
he refused to do so. Mr. Raikes felt that there must 
be a cause for this, and through an investigation 
found that the children had too much unsupervised 
time. They were used to working long hours in the 
factories, and under strict supervision. When they 
were dismissed and free to do as they pleased, they 

Democracy is not a cut flower which can be ex- 
pected to live very long without the nourishment 
which is provided by its roots. It is rather a rooted 
plant, rooted in the religious principles of the 
Protestant Reformation. Our American democracy will 
remain strong only if it is nourished by the positive 
principles of Protestantism. Further, democracy will 
be effectively transplanted to other soil only if the 
soil has first been prepared by the religious prin- 
ciples which the Protestant Reformation gave to the 
world. History provides vivid illustrations of the great 
difficulties in trying to establish democracy in Cath- 
olic-dominated countries such as are found in south- 
ern Europe, Central America and South America. This 
lays heavy responsibilities on Protestantism, for if 
we are to continue to enjoy the fruit of our demo- 
cratic way of life, we must constantly nourish the 
roots, which are the positive principles of Protestant 

Arthur W. Mielke in 


(Fleming H. Revell Company). 

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53 ... OR 1-3 of 1% . . . WHY?" 


THAT NUMBER 53 has been worrying me ever since 
last August, when the final count was in. I have 
been trying to figure why a church with the doctrine 
it voices should gain so little. Let me tell you a little 

There was a certain man whom we will call Mr. 
Needles. Mr. N. was concerned about his denomina- 
tion; it wasn't going anywhere. He began prodding 
the people at the top with ideas designed to get things 
moving, but the boys at the top had been in a rut 
so long they were hard to move. They resented Mr. 
N.'s needling, so they labeled Mr. N. a trouble maker. 

Now it happened that Mr. N. had an idea about 
a club to raise money to build new churches, but be- 
cause it was Mr. N.'s idea, it was no good. Now another 
man who was more popular thought of a name for 
this club and immediately it caught on. Mr. N. has 
had other good ideas, but, realizing his own lack of 
opportunity, ability, or sheer "popularity," he has 
submitted them to the more popular and has seen 
them put into operation. Mr. N. didn't care just as 
long as he was helping to get things going. 

I am still thinking about the number 53 and of a 
number of things that would cause such a small per- 
centage of gain. Let me tell you another story. 

Mr. Big Boss Man heads a group in a country 
where the people are black. They have no language 
and, therefore, cannot read or write. Now there was 

a young man with a flair for languages whom we 
will call Mr. Linguist. Now Mr. L. was enthused to 
go to this group and create a language and put it 
into a Bible for them. Mr. L. had been misled into 
believing that when he arrived at this far country 
he would start making this language, but instead, 
was ordered to work as an ordinary missionary. He did 
not complain but did as he was told. Every chance 
he got, however, he would take a small tape recorder 
and would go into the bush and live among the peo- 
ple to learn the native ways firsthand. 

Now this kind of thing had not been done before 
and the people loved him for this attitude of putting 
himself on an equal footing with them, so the re- 
sults were good and many were converted. Mr. B. 
B. M. ordered Mr. L. to stop going into the bush but 
Mr. L. continued and so, was discharged. The beloved 
natives were sorry to see Mr. L. leave because he had 
been as one of them. 

Someone informed the people under Mr. B. B. M. 
what the truth of the matter was but they said they 
dared not say anything for fear of losing their jobs. 
The result of this episode was that some very fine 
help was lost to the cause. 

Could these happenings have anything to do with 
the small increase of this church? What do you 

Cherry Hill, N. J. 




To MOST OF US, the word ENGINE may be a 
word that has been a part of the English lan- 
guage for a mere hundred years or so, yet if we turn 
to a verse of Scripture found in the Book of II Chron- 
icles—verse 15 of Chapter 26, we find recorded these 

As I noticed this relatively newcomer to our vo- 
cabulary, I was reminded of an incident which took 
place on a certain television program in which a young 
lady was pushed by a tow truck at the top of a hill 
toward a gasoline station or garage. The idea of the 
joke was for her to coast into the driveway of one 
of these establishments and have the attendant check 
the oil level in her engine. 

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Perhaps some of you viewed the program and re- 
called that the joke was that there was no engine 
under the hood. The purpose of the joke was, of 
course, to see the look of surprise or dismay on the 
face of the attendant, and one of them remarked, 
"Hey lady, you ain't got no engine." 

This incident, which was very amusing, becomes 
tragic when we translate the factors into the realm 
of Christian faith and life. 

There are many ways that these factors can be 
applied to Christian living and we might insert one 
illustration at this point to demonstrate one way. It 
seems that a young Christian man found employ- 
ment in a lumber camp, and found himself surrounded 
by many unchristian influences. He was once asked 
if he didn't find life a bit difficult in such surround- 
ings as these men hurled insults at him and ridi- 
culed him for being a Chi-istian? 

He replied by saying, "Oh, they never found it out." 

We as laymen may not be made up to operate like 
an engine but we can at least be the "spark plugs" 
that will help us and our local groups to be equipped 
with power for Christian living in these days. 

If we will but recall, the leaders of the early Chris- 
tian Church consisted for the most part of laymen. 

From the reports that were handed in at National 
Conference and from bits of chit-chat among the 
members of the organization around the campus at 
Conference time, it would be well if the active mem- 
bers of our local groups would look about a bit and 
see if there isn't a good potential that could be 
utilized to bolster the memberships in our local or- 

Perhaps it is time that some of our organizations 
try to interest our young men just out of high school 
and recruit them as laymen. And of course, we may 
have to sort of keep after those who are not quite 
so active in the organization. 

Perhaps so many of our local organizations are quite 
content to coast along, "down hill", so to speak, as 
it is easier that way, but it may just give someone 
a good opportunity to sneak a look under our hoods 
and give them a chance to say, "Hey, you ain't got 
no engine." 

In the November 3rd, 1962 issue of the Brethren 
Evangelist our capable National Laymen's Organiza- 
tion President, Isaac Litton wrote, "This is the year 
for us to go forward. I am counting on YOU!" 

I am quite certain that he has confidence in the 
(shall we say, horsepower?) that our local organiza- 
tions are capable of developing. I am also quite cer- 
tain that if we do all in our power to do just that, 
he would be the last one to say, "Fellows, You ain't 
got much of an engine." 

Canton, Ohio. 


February 18 — Roann, Indiana 

Supper — 6:30 p. nn. 




The first district rally of the Northeastern Ohio 
District Laymen's Organization for the year 1963 was 
held at the Trinity Brethren Church of Canton, Ohio, 
Tuesday evening, January 8. 

A swiss steak dinner was served in the basement 
of the church, the delicious dinner being prepared 
and efficiently served by members of the Jr. W. M. S. 
of the host church. 

After this delightful period of fellowship, the group 
assembled in the sanctuary for the program of the 
evening. The M. C. of the evening, Bro. Edgar Heist, 
introduced Bro. Walter Linder of the host church 
who led the group in hymn singing. Bro. Harland 
Clapper led the group in prayer. 

The devotional period was conducted by Bro. Louis 
Cordier. This was followed by special music presented 
by the Trinity Brethren quartet: Rev. Robert Kep- 
linger, Bros. Donovan Garber, George Schuster, and 
James Starkey. They sang two selections accompanied 
at the piano by Mrs. Robert Keplinger. 

The speaker of the evening was Dr. Louis Caister, 
Dean of students, Malone College which is situated 
in the city of Canton, Ohio, gave an interesting 
and informative talk entitled, "INNER SPACE." 

The program of the evening was concluded with 
the singing of a hymn. The group stayed assembled 
for the business session which was conducted by N. 
E. O. Dist. Pres., Royce Gates, of Akron, Ohio. 

After the business session, the group was dismissed 
after the benediction which was given by Bro. Vernon 
Latta of the host church. There were a total of 46 
men present. 

Respectfully submitted by George Schuster, 
Ass't. Sec.-Treas. of the N. E. O. Dist. 


On Tuesday evening, December 11, 1962, seventeen 
Brethren Laymen from the Goshen church met at the 
home of your's truly, the new secretary of the Goshen 
group, for a potluck turkey dinner with all the goodies 
that go with it. This unique meeting and dinner was 
so enjoyed that the group voted to make it an annual 

The men enjoyed a Christmas-Carol sing accom- 
panied by the pastor. Rev. Spencer Gentle, at the 
piano and your's truly at the Hammond organ. 

Al Higgins read the Christmas story from the second 
chapter of Luke of the New English Version of the 
New Testament, and brought out the fact of how 
well the New English Version is written in a language 
just as we would talk or carry on a conversation to- 
day. A committee was elected to schedule meetings for 
the coming year and to make each meeting more in- 
teresting. The present radio broadcast was discussed 
with the possibility of the eventual addition of more 
powerful stations. 

Bob Baker, secretary. 

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"^ Orusaders 

Meef Your Sponsors 

NAME: Virgil L. Barnhart 

CHURCH: Gratis, Ohio 

SPONSOR OF: Boys' Brotherhood, 
organized in 1962 


CHILDREN: two— ages 11 and 10 

GROUP: Hold one public worship 
service, a minimum of 12 meet- 
ings per year in boys' homes on 
2nd Sunday night of each month, 
nature hikes, field trips, picnics, 
visiting children's homes, etc. 

two assistants, Wally Michael and 
Clyde Focht. We aim to have our 
meetings divided into 3 phases. 
Our first aim is to teach Bible 
verses and Bible doctrine to ail 
boys attending. We aim to spe- 
cialize in the spiritual aspect of 
how boys can dedicate their lives 
to Christ and His service. We 
want to instill in them the de- 
sire to put the Lord first and be 
very active in Christian service. 
These boys have expressed a great 
desire to learn and we intend to 
feed that desire in a spiritual 

We intend to have a social 
time also to show that a Christian 
boy can lead a Christian life and 

still have fun in the proper man- 
ner and in a spiritual way. 

The third phase will be rele- 
gated to business. We feel that 
by teaching them proper pro- 
cedures they will be an asset in 
our church business meetings by 
learning church polity. 

S. Indiana 
Youth Rally 

The Southern District Youth Ral- 
ly met in the Peru First Brethren 
Church, Friday evening, November 
23, 1962. 

Twelve churches were represented 
and the combined attendance was 
110. Flora received the attendance 
banner, Peru second and Loree 

At the conclusion of the meeting, 
refreshments were served in the 
basement by the Peru Church. 
— Dorothy Marcotte, reporter, 
John Marcotte, president. 


The Peru Brethren Youth enjoyed 
group caroling at two local hos- 
pitals and one nursing home. In 
addition we also caroled the old 
and sick members of our church. 

Distributing white gifts to local 
needy families was also included 
in our Christmas activities as well 
as taking stuffed animals to the lo- 
cal Salvation Army. 

— Dorothy Marcotte, reporter, 
John Marcotte, president. 


Argentine missionaries' patience 
and energy — hottest month of 

Greater dedication of all Christian 

National, district and local youth 

Nigerian missionaries' strength and 
good health 

Personal guidance in path God 
would have you walk 

Home missionaries' courage and 
ability to overcome 

All pastors to be "wells of living 

February 9, 1963 

Page Eleven 


Lesson 2 under Goal No. 6 

AIM; to have Juniors actually 
"share the Word" with othei-s 

MEETING: have a practice meeting 
— a time for learning just how to 
share the Word 

PUBLICITY: red lips and black Bi- 
ble out of construction on poster- 
board or make small "Bible" out 
of construction paper and put 
several white pages inside tell- 
ing about the meeting — mail 
them to Juniors or hand them 
out a week in advance of the 
"Share" meeting 

WHEN and WHOM: have Juniors 
take "Sharing" to shut-ins of the 
church or to children's home or 
old folks' home on Good Friday 
or Easter afternoon. Or this could 
be used as a public service for 
the entire church as the Juniors 
"Share" with the adults. HINT: 
The adults will be as fascinated 
by the visual aids used as are 
the children! 

HOW TO: tape the "Share" pro- 
gram by the Juniors and take it 
to the various places suggested. 
Better yet, have the Juniors go 
themselves and present the pro- 
gram with the visual aids. 

METHODS: have Juniors give Bi- 
ble verses with the aid of flannel- 
graph illustrations. These flan- 

nelgraph objects can be obtained 
from the Brethren Publishing Co. 
or you can make your own by 
drawing or using a cut-out from 
magazines backed with sandpaper 
or flannel. For instance: "God so 
(heart) loved the (globe) world 
. . ." — only the objects are placed 
on the board and the Juniors 
say the verse with these visual 

Also use a flip chart of verses. 
Obtain a large drawing tablet 
with spiral wire at top like ste- 
nographer's notebook to assure 
easy turning of pages. Then print 
verses, placing pictures in place 
of some of the words. For in- 
stance: (two men) "Two men 
went up into the (picture of 
temple) temple to (praying 
hands) pray. . . " It would be good 
for this portion of the program 
to choose an entire account and 
illustrate it such as the trial 
scene, crucifixion or resurrection 
scenes — of course, the Juniors 
will read the account from the 
flip chart as the pages are turned 
for everyone to see. 

Have various members of the 
group memorize books of the Bi- 
ble and recite them. Assign cer- 
tain sections to different Juniors 
such as the Pentateuch, books of 
Law, History, Poetry, Gospels, etc. 

If this is done for the entire 
church or for a children's home, 
plan to have a section of the flip 
chart for them to try their hand 
at "Sharing the Word" also. These 
could be individual verses rather 
than an entire account. 

You will want to embellish the 
program with music and perhaps 
some other special features. There 
are some in your group that have 
musical talents or other special 
talents that you will know about 
that can be effectively used in 
this program. 

WARNING: do not bypass the 
practice meeting! This is very 
important for the Juniors should 
know just what they are going to 
do, how they will do and when. 
It will also spare the sponsor a 
few gray hairs! 

SCRIPTURES: accounts for flip 
chart might be Isaiah 53, Matt. 
26:47-56, Mk. 14:66-72, Luke 23: 
13-24; 23:50-56, John 20:11-16. 
Individual verses might be Luke 
19:10, John 17:1, John 3:16, 17, 
John 3:3, John 10:11, Matt. 26: 
15, I Cor. 11:24, 25, I John 4:19, 
Rev. 3:20, I Cor. 15:20, 51, 52, 
Rom. 6:23, Rom. 10:9, 10, Matt. 
28:19, Mk. 16:6, Matt. 6:19-21. 

REMEMBER: always have the Jun- 
iors give the references for their 
verses and Biblical accounts! 

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The Brethren Evangelist 



How APTLY the writer of Ephe- 
sians speaks of the need of 
"Having the eyes of your heart en- 
lightened that you may know" 
(Ephesians 1:18). The functions of 
the ministry constitute a contin- 
uous problem throughout the year, 
for which the entire resources of 
mind and heart are called upon for 
solutions, day after day. In the 
course of a pastorate, one comes to 
know much about human nature 
and why people do as they do. He 
becomes more patient with his dif- 
ficulties and increases his tolerance 
of people's mistakes. He gains kind- 
liness in dealing with persons who 
are either bitter or boresome. He 
comes to look at life through a 
certain kind of mind — set on expe- 
riential wisdom. Growth in the pas- 
torate actively matures certain in- 
sights and helps bring about defi- 
nite procedures in respect to work- 
ing out solutions that are workable 
and profitable to persons and situa- 

A familiar problem with many 
weaker churches is the task of 
financial support, a problem very 
familiar to some. A minister was 
walking along wrapped in thought 
when he was hailed by a friend. 
"Why so meditative?" said the 
friend. "Oh," said the minister, "I 
was just thinking." "About what?" 
"Well," said the minister, "about 
the fact that if the churches had 
received as much money last year 
as will be listed as contributions 
on income tax reports, they would 
have nothing to worry about." I 
shall not further refer to this prob- 
lem as there are so many ways of 
dealing with this familiar proposi- 

In meeting problems, there de- 
velops a diagnostical way of think- 

ing — a discerning of the truth not 
only from what people say but how 
they feel when they say it. One 
becomes inclined to examine causes 
rather than symptoms. The impor- 
tant thing is to recognize the in- 
dividuality of each person, with 
his own particular way of going 
at life. We have to consider each 
problem he brings us. No one prob- 
lem is like any other problem. Each 
one is complicated in another way. 
We must get the most information 
possible about the particular case 
from all available sources. This 
means hearing all sides of the story 
separately so as to get a true pic- 
ture that always lies somewhere in 
between the viewpoints of those 
involved in the problem. 

When the people in the congre- 
gation feel that the pastor under- 
stands them, that he accepts them, 
that he has a genuine interest in 
their welfare — they will also feel 
that he is one with whom they 
might share their problems and 
their needs. Some problems can be 
dealt with face to face when the 
person has the opportunity to ex- 
press himself, to ask questions, and 
to relieve his tensions. If the 
preacher expects to make beneficial 
changes he ought not to expect 
sudden transformations. He should 
be realistic and not lose sight of the 
fact that change does take place 
for the better. It may require a 
combination of preaching and 
counselling and perhaps other 
things too, but the possibilities are 
always there. The secret of Jesus 
is that He saw people, not as they 
were, but as they could become. 
Preachers of the gospel should try 
the same method. 

What is the pastoral responsi- 
bility anyway? He has a deep re- 

sponsibility as pastor, as a problem 
solver for both church and people. 
What this means is that he carries 
the full load. He will not be able 
to see all his problems resolved in 
a gratifying way, or see all of his 
people grow in grace. In general 
their life attitude will never change 
radically even though he sees them 
often. However he should not lose 
sight of the fact that he is bring- 
ing to them the deep and abiding 
sense of the love of God. Their 
burdens are made lighter as they 
go on their way. 

Every pastor faces the tempta- 
tion of trying to act like a psychol- 
ogist or the psychiatrist, but this 
is a different role. He lacks the spe- 
cial training of the psychiatrist. 
But he has a deep understanding 
of human nature. To this under- 
standing he brings the resources 
of religious faith. These are his 
unique contribution in dealing with 
parishioners who have certain emo- 
tional difficulties and a sense of 
guilt. He must keep in mind that 
as a religious representative of the 
community, those who come to him 
expect him to bring to them the .r' 
resources of the faith. This is a 
rather difficult task in which the 
pastor should also see God as a ^^^ 
partner in the process of solving 
the peculiar difficulty confronting 
him. He must depend on God, the 
Holy Spirit, for helpful guidance 
and enlightenment. 

Fortunately the large audiences 
which the minister faces do not 
all comprise problem people. Still, 
there are not a few who seek coun- 
sel with the pastor, who indeed 
has a large measure of influence 
as an example of uprightness, ways 
of living, and of understanding. 

February 9, 1963 

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A message presented to the min- 
isters at the Indiana District Con- 
ference, Shipshewana, June 1962. 


Rev. J. G. Dodds 


And, the tendency is more and more 
to consult the pastor on personal 
problems which many parishioners 
feel regarding marriage, divorce, 
sickness, disputations, quarrels with 
others, delinquencies of the juve- 
niles, tilts with the law, etc. In 
many instances, the pastor is a 
tower of strength to afflicted 
counselees. There should be a warm 
regard for persons as a person of 
unconditional self-worth, of value 
no matter what his condition. This 
means respect and a liking for him 
as a separate person. Being gen- 
uine also involves a willingness to 
be and to express in my own words 
and behaviour the feelings and at- 
titudes which exist in me. That is 
to say, one has to be in psychologi- 
cal harmony with the problem per- 
sonality. It is only in this way that 
we can help adjust the other fel- 
low to realities and to provide some 
sort of solution that is practicable 
with limited means. 

Counselling is not limited to sug- 
gestions as to a specific course of 
action, as is guidance. Counselling 
seeks to effect some alteration in 
attitudes. The ordinary clergyman 
should limit himself to the prob- 
lems of normal people, leaving to 
the professional counsellor or to the 
doctors the professional recom- 
mendations for cure or betterment. 
Emotional problems which are re- 
alistically related to the circum- 
stances of life — such as illness, 
death, natural catastrophe — are 
the field of the minister's offices 
of consolation and relief. He is to 
help in the possibility of a more 
wholesome religious life, free of 
conflict and inhibition. 

Many persons who come to the 
pastor for advice and help are in 

emotional conflicts, disturbed and 
inhibited. They have to be freed 
from crippling limitations, thus to 
be better able to serve God. With 
his religious resources, the pastor 
is in a favorable position to give 
this assistance. He can contribute 
to the moral health as well as the 
spiritual welfare of his parishioners, 
and he should I'estrict himself to 
people with conscious problems 
connected in a way with religion. 
Thus he contributes to human hap- 

Of course, not every person who 
comes to us is struggling with some 
deep spiritual or psychological need. 
There are many persons whose lives 
go smoothly and well. We are not 
always burdened down, nor are our 
people always burdened down. But 
there is a place for the friendly 
call that is just for the sake of 
maintaining a relationship. There 
is also a place for the minister to 
drop in occasionally on the men 
of his church. Personal contacts 
can often have a greater effect 
than a sermon. There is required a 
deeper understanding of the indi- 
vidual, and this may mean time and 
not the application of any method 

It is conducive to better rela- 
tions if the individual with the 
problem takes the initiative to come 
to the pastor rather than the pas- 
tor coming to him. Sometimes a 
friend suggests a visit to one with 
a problem. The pastor can ask 
that friend to persuade the troubled 
one to visit him for consultation 
at a given time, and try his best 
to get him there. As shepherd of 
the flock, the pastor should not 
be worried by being involved emo- 
tionally. The problem is not really 

his own, and the pastor's respon- 
sibility is limited. It should not 
interfere with his own objective 
analysis of the person's problem. 

The pastor is familiar with the 
real troubles in his congregation 
that taxes the minister's resources 
of sympathy and wisdom. There is 
much anxiety and disappointment 
and heart-breaking sorrow that 
never comes to the surface, of 
which the gossiping world knows 
nothing at all. Much of this trouble 
comes to the minister, who must 
always be the sharer of many bur- 
dens which are hidden from the 
public gaze. Heavy drafts are made 
on the pastor's nervous energy, 
more nervous energy than is ex- 
pended on his ministerial studies. 
But then he will receive his re- 
ward in self-approval and be him- 
self stronger for having given suc- 
cor to others. The sacerdotal char- 
acter of the pastor these days is 
less respected than his friendly 
personality and sense of broth- 

Certainly, in encountering our 
pastoral problems, we ought to re- 
gard each one as a challenge, call- 
ing for the exercise of wisdom, 
which means the use of our knowl- 
edge, experience and powers of dis- 
cernment. This means a diagnosis 
of each case, a diagnosis calling for 
insight amounting to intuition. 
Sometimes the diagnosis is in- 
stantly perceived but often needs 
unhurried reflection. The essence 
of knowledge is having it and ap- 
plying it. The principles of mathe- 
matics should be applied in pas- 
toral problem solving. It always 
gives the right result when we do 
the sum correctly. 

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Topic for March 

A Heritage for Living — 


DURING the early years of the 
nineteenth century a httle 
?irl was born who was destined 
to become the wife of one of the 
world's greatest missionaries. She 
ivas to know years of happiness 
and love but she was also to learn 
much of suffering, hardship and 

Mary Moffat was well equipped to 
Decome the wife of a missionary 
IS she was born into a pioneer 
missionary family. Her parents 
were the famous Robert and Mary 
Moffat, pioneer missionaries to Af- 
;'ica. She was born in Africa in 
1821 and was to spend most of her 
.ife in the service of her Lord 
and Master. 

Mary first met her future hus- 
3and shortly after she and her 
family returned to Africa from a 
furlough in England in the spring 
Df 1843. David Livingstone had been 
^reatly influenced by Robert Moffat 
when he heard him speak in Lon- 
don of the thousands of African 
villages where the people had never 
heard of Jesus Christ. He knew this 
was his call to the African mis- 
sion field and immediately an- 
swered this call by sailing for Af- 
rica. One day David was badly 
mauled by a lion and he spent 
his convalescence at Kuruman 
while the Moffats were on furlough. 
When they returned to the field, 
David rode out a hundred and fifty 
miles to meet them and he first 
met Mary as she rode in her fa- 
ther's wagon. 

Livingstone had always been de- 
termined never to marry, feeling 
that doing so would hamper his 
missionary activities. He even jok- 
ingly wrote to a friend that the 
only way he could find a wife would 
be to send an advertisement to 
the Evangelical Magazme. He fur- 
ther concluded that if he got older 
he would have to marry some "de- 
cent sort of widow." However, after 
his meeting with Mary Moffat he 
did an about face and they were 
married in January, 1845. Mary was 
twenty-three years of age and her 
husband was thirty-one. 

The Livingstone's first home was 
at Mabotsa, but trouble arose be- 
tween the energetic David and his 
senior missionary partner. Although 
they hated to give up their new 
home, David and Mary decided to 
start another station some distance 
from Mabotsa. David had felt that 
Mary would have much influence 
with the women and children and 
as they worked with the Bakwena 
people his faith in her was justified. 

Mary's day began early in the 
morning with family worship and 
breakfast. Following this she taught 
in the school until eleven when 
she attended to her household du- 
ties. When the day began to cool 
Mary would teach the little chil- 
dren who were left by their parents 
while they attended to their own 
duties. She also taught sewing to 
the girls of the village and held 
classes in the evenings for the wo- 
men and girls. 

Within the first four years of 
their married life three children 
were born to the Livingstones. The 
first was a son who was born while 
they were still residing at Mabotsa. 
He was named Robert after Mary's 
father. The natives began to call 
Mary Ma-Robert, which was cus- 
tomary, indicating that she had 
become the mother of a son. He 
was the first white baby the natives 
had ever seen. A year later a daugh- 
ter, Agnes, was born followed by 
another son, Thomas. Mary was 
indeed, a very busy young woman. 

Although David had planned to 
remain on one station and live a 
more or less well established life, 
his old longing to push forward re- 
turned and he knew he must seek 
new frontiers for the Gospel. He 
made several long journeys, leaving 
Mary and the children at the mis- 
sion station. On these journeys he 
made many interesting discoveries 
and on one he saw a great lake 
called Ngami and the natives told 
him of a country full of rivers and 
large trees. David planned to make 
another trip into this country and 
asked Mary and the children to 
accompany him. Mary knew from 
experience the dangers which 
might await them but the chil- 
dren could think only of the excit- 
ing adventure it would be. 

The Livingstones were now liv- 
ing at Kolobeng where the Bak- 
wena people had moved following 
a severe drought. This was to be 
the last real home that Mary and . 

February 9, 1963 

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David were to have together in 
the seventeen years of their mar- 
riage. In April, 1850, they left this 
home and began the long trek 
across the desert and into an un- 
known land. They suffered many 
hardships on the eight hundred 
and seventy mile trip. There was a 
lack of meat and it was necessary 
for them to eat a certain kind of 
large caterpillar, a very large frog 
and locust. 

David planned to make a more 
extensive journey and leave his 
family with an unknown tribe about 
six miles from the lake. Mary was 
dejected at the thought of being 
alone but David took her on a spe- 
cial trip to see the lake on the day 
before his departure. The children 
were thrilled at the sight of the 
lake and enjoyed a romp in the 
water. However, that night they 
became ill and some of the Africans 
in their party were also attacked 
with the fever. David soon decided 
that the lake was not healthy and 
he ordered an immediate retreat 
to the desert and home to Kolobeng. 
It was there that their fourth child, 
Elizabeth, was born. She was a 
lovely child but she died in the late 
autumn of 1850 at the age of six 

The sorrow of losing her little 
daughter coupled with the strain of 
the long journey so weakened Mary 
that she became seriously ill. The 
right side of her face and head 
was paralyzed, and from that time 
on she was threatened with partial 
paralysis. David took her to Ku- 
ruman where her mother nursed 

Despite her weakened condition 
Mary and the children set out with 
David in April, 1851, on another 
trip. This time they were accom- 
panied by William Oswell, an Eng- 
lish hunter and explorer. Although 
they nearly died of thirst, their 
desire to bring the Gospel to the 
natives kept them going ahead. 
Five months after the start of this 
expedition the Livingstone's fifth 
child was born, a son, whom they 
named William Oswell. 

The sufferings of his wife and 
family on this journey finally con- 
vinced David that he had no right 
to take them with him on any fur- 

ther journeys. After long and 
prayerful talks they decided that 
Mary should take the children 
home to Britain for two or three 
years. In April, 1852, Mary and the 
four children sailed for home. There 
was much anguish in the parting, 
for David and Mary each knew they 
might never meet again. 

Living in a strange country with 
her children was more difficult for 
Mary than many of the long jour- 
neys over the African desert. It 
seemed at times even her faith 
could not support her, but no mat- 
ter how dark things became Mary 
never forgot to pray. 

It was four and a half years after 
they parted in Cape Town that 
Mary made the trip to Southamp- 
ton to meet her husband. David 
was a very famous man now and 
had many invitations to speak to 
gatherings of his great discoveries. 
Mary traveled with him for two 
years. Everywhere he went he made 
an earnest appeal for missionaries 
and was responsible for seeing 
young men and women give their 
lives to bring the Gospel to the 
Dark Continent. 

Mary was thrilled at the pros- 
pects of returning to Africa with 
her husband but was saddened by 
the thought that Robert, Agnes and 
Thomas must be left behind in Eng- 
land. Only little six-year-old Os- 
well comforted his mother as they 
sailed for Cape Town in 1858. When 
they reached the Cape, Mary and 
David once more had to part. She 
was expecting another child and 
was severely ill. Her father took 
her to Kuruman to recover in the 
hopes that she would be able to 
join David on the Zambezi the fol- 
lowing year. 

In November, Anna Mary was 
born, but her father, exploring 
darkest Africa, did not hear of her 
arrival until a year later. When 
Mary realized she could not join 
her husband she took the children 
and returned to Scotland. Her long- 
ing to be with David was intense 
but at least she was with her fam- 
Mary became the object of much 
slander. The gossips said that her 
married life was unhappy and that 

her husband could not live with 
her. Even harder to bear were the 
rumors that David had forsaken 
his wife and had taken up heathen 
practices. He finally decided it 
would be best for her to join him 
at the mouth of the Zambezi, so 
again Mary sailed for Africa. 

On January 31, 1862, husband 
and wife were reunited after an 
absence of nearly four years, but 
soon they were faced with an even 
longer separation. On April 21, Mary 
became quite ill and no medicine 
could relieve her suffering. On the 
evening of Sunday the 27th she 
was in a deep coma and David com- 
mended her spirit to God. In less 
than an hour, her spirit had re- 
turned to God. Half an hour later 
one of the men with David was 
struck by a change in Mary's face. 
David noticed too that in death her 
features and expression had be- 
come like her father's. They had 
had three happy months together 
but now the man who had faced 
countless hardships and dangers 
in the African jungles broke down 
and wept like a child. 

Mary Livingstone was indeed a 
remarkable woman. Her character 
was one of simple goodness and 
benevolence. She disregarded her 
personal feelings and endured suf- 
fering and slander. Even when 
faced with dangers and hardships 
she never reproached her husband 
for subjecting her and the children 
to such sufferings. She was troubled 
only by her loneliness when she 
was away from David. Her love 
for her husband and for her Lord 
enabled her to endure all things. 
Her faith was simple but complete. 
Mary wrote these words which were 
found following her death, "Accept 
me, Lord, as I am, and make me 
such as Thou wouldst have me to 

Of his wife, David Livingstone 
wrote, "O my Mary, my Mary, how 
often we have longed for a quiet 
home since you and I were cast 
adrift at Kolobeng . . . She proposed 
to do more for me than ever. The 
loss of my dear Mary lies like a 
heavy weight on my heart . . . For 
the first time in my life I feel 
willing to die." 

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Bible Study for March 



GOD IS FAITHFUL, by whom ye 
were called into the fellowship 
of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord (I 
Cor. 1:9). What a wonderful priv- 
ilege we have to live in partner- 
ship with our Lord and Savior Je- 
sus Christ. God has asked us to 
have fellowship with His only Son 
Jesus Christ. 

Are we, as born-again Christians, 
really living the life of fellowship? 
Let us think of some ways in which 
we can do this. Do we have a defi- 
nite time of prayer, of meditating 
with Him? Have we learned to lis- 
ten to Him and for Him to speak 
to us? Oh, how easy for us to 
ramble on and on with our wants 
and wishes when we pray — not 
letting go and letting God have 
His wonderful way. Things of ev- 
eryday life seem so important and 
we let God hold the "rain check" 
so to speak and miss the blessing 
He has in store for us each day. 
God wants our fellowship; do we 
want His? Let us this day review 
our lives and resolve to take time 
and meet with the Master. Time 
is so short and we do want to be 
ready to meet Him unashamed. The 
answer to all of our problems is on 
our knees — nowhere else. When 
people wait on God and listen for 
His voice and travail in prayer, 
then the enemy begins to get afraid. 
"If you love me," said the Lord 
Jesus, "ye will keep my command- 

Another way of fellowship is by 
reading God's Word. The poem, 
"My Bible and I," by Charles San- 
ford has meant a lot to me. As we 
read it together again, let us take 
stock of our own love for God's 

We've traveled together, 
My Bible and I, 

Through all kinds of weather. 
With smile or with sigh! 

In sorrow or sunshine. 
In tempest or calm! 

Thy friendship unchanging. 
My lamp and my psalm. 

We've traveled together. 

My Bible and I, 
When life had grown weary. 

And death e'en was nigh! 
But all through the darkness 

Of mist or of wrong, 
I found there a solace, 

A prayer, and a song. 

So now who shall part us. 

My Bible and I? 
Shall "isms" or schisms. 

Or "new lights" who try? 
Shall shadow for substance, 

Or stone for good bread, 
Supplant thy sound wisdom. 

Give folly instead? 

Ah, no, my dear Bible, 

Exponent of light! 
Thou sword of the spirit, 

Put error to flight! 
And still through life's journey. 

Until my last sigh. 
We'll travel together, 

My Bible and I. 

Does His Word mean that much 
to us? Do we read because we 
think we should or do we long to 
read God's Word and yearn to learn 
more about Him? 

It is certain that, with the with- 
drawal of God's power, inevitable 
defeat will follow, for the evidence 
of the power of God is given only 
to those who are faithful to Him. 
We must be obedient to God and 
read His Word. Victories are won 
through the messages the scrip- 
tures hold for us. In Joshua 23:6 
it tells us to "Be ye therefore very 

courageous to keep and do all that 
is written in the book of the law 
of Moses that ye turn not aside 
therefrom to the right hand or to 
the left." How true it is that the 
great principles of our faith are 
handed down from one generation 
to another. Every age and every 
generation of the church are called 
on to mark, to learn, and to digest 
the great principles of Christian 
living, the first of which, I believe, 
is obedience. We say we believe our 
Bible, but do we obey? Do we live 
it twenty-four hours of each day? 
I wonder if we have ever stopped 
long enough to think that every 
minute of every day we are living 
in the presence of the Lord Jesus? 
We need then, to read and reread 
in order to be strong in the faith 
and withstand the tricks of the 
enemy, Satan. There is no use fool- 
ing ourselves that after we become 
Christians everything is going to be 
a bed of roses. In God's Word it 
tells us there shall be snares and 
traps laid by the enemy. Let us not 
compromise with Satan; a com- 
promising Christian is not a happy 
man. Let us make our Bible a part 
of us, such a vital part that we 
will read and reread and then yearn 
to read more. You know, friends, 
it can be a chore, a habit, or a 
"want to;" let's ask God to help 
us to make it a "want to" and a 
must in each of our lives. "I can do 
all things through Christ which 
strengtheneth me" (Phil. 4:13). 
Take hold of God's promises by 
reading His Word often; claim 
them for your very own. 

Singing His praise is still another 
way of living the life of fellow- 
ship. Have you ever sung or heard 
a song sung that really penetrated 
into the very depth of your heart 
and soul? I'm sure each one of us 

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t Planning 

have. Songs of assurance give us 
strength and renewed hope in our 
everyday walk with the Master. 
Hymns of love and adoration draw 
us close — you know love is of God 
because God is love. Love alone can 
conquer discord. Love alone can 
bind together the divided family 
of the redeemed. God wants our 
love and we need His wonderful 
love above everything else. Hymns 
of communion, "Break Thou the 
bread of life, dear Lord, to me, as 
Thou didst break the loaves be- 
side the sea" — how wonderful to 
be in communion and fellowship 
with God and sing the songs that 
were inspired by His own. Often 
we need to sing hymns of praise 
unto our Heavenly Father, "Praise 
God, from whom all blessings flow;" 
remember our God is a jealous 
God and He desires us to love and 

praise Him. He, above everything 
and everyone, should be praised. 
The King of Kings, the Mighty One 
— is He. Our Father, the One who 
wishes our fellowship. In Psalm 
66:1-2, it tells us to make a joy- 
ful noise unto God, all ye lands; 
sing forth the honour of His name; 
make His praise glorious. 

These ai-e just a few ways of 
living the life of fellowship with 
Him who did so much for us. Be 
determined with the help of God 
to live a closer walk with Him. As 
Easter is revealed anew and afresh 
unto us this year, may Jesus Christ 
be nearer and dearer to us than 
ever before. Springtime will come 
again and bring forth His handi- 
work and its promises. May I close 
with John 14:27: "Peace I leave 
with you, my peace I give unto you : 
not as the world giveth, give I unto 

you. Let not your heart be troubled, 
neither let it be afraid"? 

O Blessed Lord, — 

We turn to thee, a world confused 

with strife; 
We seek a way that we have lost, 


We need the wisdom that thy birth, 
thy life, 

Thy death should teach us. Lord, 
we need it now. 

Within our hearts may stress and 
clamor die; 

Among the nations may the tumult 

May righteousness prevail, all 

storms pass by; 
Speak peace again, O blessed Prince 

of Peace. 

Stewardship Instruction 



ONE OF THE greatest of treas- 
ures we have is the Gospel 
of grace, salvation itself. We are 
therefore stewards of the Gospel. 
The Apostle Peter showed a sense 
of stewardship when he told the 
lame beggar, "Silver and gold have 
I none; but such as I have give 
I thee." If he had had money he 
would, no doubt, have given the 
beggar some. Since he didn't have 
silver and gold, he shared what he 
had. He had healing power through 
God and the Gospel of salvation. 
As a good steward he shared what 
he had with the man. We are 
stewards of what we have. 

Peter also said, "We cannot but 
speak the things which we have 
seen and heard." He had to share 
the good news with others. Jesus 
told His disciples, "Freely ye have 
received, freely give." As Christians 

with a Divine commission to be a 
witness we must avail ourselves of 
every opportunity to share with 
others this Gospel of Grace. 

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the 
power of God unto salvation to all 
who believe. Every Christian has 
a responsibility to share the Gos- 
pel. The Gospel will meet man's 
needs, solve his problems and de- 
termine his destiny. Paul's state- 
ment, "Woe is unto me if I preach 
not the gospel," is true for us also. 
Sorryful should we be if we do not 
give the Gospel to those who are 
going to a Christless eternity. To 
be stewards of God's plan of re- 
demption is the greatest mission 
we have. We should be eager to 
share the blessing of a redeemed 
life with others. 

Our denomination is not growing 
because we are neglecting our stew- 

ardship of the Gospel. For example, 
we are adding members by revival 
efforts, but each year our loss in 
membership leaves us with small 
gain or none. If we pray about this 
matter, asking God to use us to 
win souls for Christ, He will, for our 
God is faithful! He gave the Great 
Commission. No command by a gen- 
eral on a battlefield is more definite 
or binding than this given by 
Christ. "Go ye" is for every believer 
and follower of Christ. It is backed 
by His authority and "Lo, I am with 
you always." 

"For the days are dark 

And the work is great 

And the time is slipping away 

So whatever we think of 

Doing for God 

We had better do it today." 

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Spiritual Meditations 

Dyoll Belote 



"The angel of the Lord encampeth round about 
them that fear Him, and delivereth them". Psalm. 

"THERE'S NO DEEP VALLEY but near some high 
hilL" That sentence from John Webster has strength- 
ening in it. Think of it the next time you find your- 
self in some valley of the shadow. VALLEYS ARE 

It is easy while down in the valley to forget the 
hills. The houses are in the valley, the workshops, 
the marts where men barter and sell. IT IS NOT 

But take the time, for it pays richly. Take it in the 
morning when the first rays of the sun are break- 
ing over the earth, flooding it with life and light, 
and enjoy the inspiration of its beauty and glory 
that they may go with you through the day. Take it 
also in the evening, while the shadows of night are 
enwrapping the earth in their folds, and little chil- 
dren are lisping their evening prayers, that the wonder 
of it may sweeten your own slumbers. 

Take time with the Bible. Hills are transfiguring 
places. And the hills of the Spirit will transfigure 
your life — and mine also, if I take time to familiarize 
myself with the hills and valleys of the Word of God. 
"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence 
cometh my help" (Psalm 121:1). Remember that val- 
leys and hills are contemporaries. 

Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Cari H. Phillips 

Topics copyrighted by the International Council of 
Religious Education. Used by permission. 

Lesson for February 17, 1963 


Text: Mark 7:1-13 

THE RELIGION we are concerned about is Chris- 
tianity. Being religious in this respect means 
that to us God is real and our belief and practices 
are not pretense but practical and applicable to our 

Outward ritual is meant to reveal the inner con- 
dition and action of the soul. As Jesus looked at the 
Pharisees whom He condemned He clearly saw that: 
1. Their inner life did not correspond to their out- 
ward ritual. 2. They taught as valid teachings of God 
what were actually commandments of men or only 

tradition. 3. They considered ritual observance as 
being of greater honor to God than living the right- 
eous life. 

There were many ritualistic washings demanded 
by God (Lev. 11; 17:15, 16) which were at the same 
time practical health habits. But the Jews had added 
interpretations until they had developed a compli- 
cated system which had little real meaning and often 
contradicted the basic commandments of God (Mark 
7:8). The Brethren find that Jesus taught certain 
ritualistic practices — baptism, three-fold communion 
and anointing with oil. These are meant to represent 
an inward working of the grace of God. Without this 
inward action the outward observance becomes mere 
play acting. One who so goes through the outward 
ritual without an inward change or without the in- 
ward working of God stands in the condemnation 
along side of these Pharisees and scribes. 

Which is most important to do? Religious people 
often must make decisions as to which is the greater 
commandment or more important one. Keeping prom- 
ises to God or others is important. We may commit 
ourselves to a pledge of money for the Lord's work. 
Can we deny our needy parent's basic need of life 
in order to fulfill our commitment? 

To the Jew "Corban" meant to dedicate to God 
and that such gifts so dedicated could not under 
any circumstance be used otherwise. Such a law which 
contains the essence of truth and good practice had 
become over-extended and abused. Children could de- 
clare their money Corban in order to escape parental 
responsibility which is a commandment of first im- 
portance that carried with it the death penalty. The 
person declaring a sum of money Corban might not 
give the gift at the temple for years after. Debtors 
could be forced into extreme poverty. Being unable to 
pay little or no money back to the creditor the creditor 
could declare the loan Corban. The debtor, if a very 
conscientious man, would be forced into slavery or 
extreme poverty, in order not to offend God. It is 
just as possible for us to use religious argument, 
not for the good of the other person, but to gain our 
own selfish end. This is a sign of decaying religion 
and not vital life. 

There are those who seem to think of heaven as 
a cosmic junkyard, as though God is interested in 
collecting broken and rotten lives. Anyone who has 
been a failure can if he will only attend the evan- 
gelist's rally, get into heaven. This is a travesty on 
the grace of God and a denial of His judgment. God 
saves sinners — but there will be no sinners in heaven, 
only ex-sinners. In beautiful symbolism, heaven is 
described for us, and we read: "They shall bring 
into it the glory and the honor of the nations. But 
nothing unclean shall enter it, nor any one who prac- 
tices abomination or falsehood, but only those who 
are written in the Lamb's book of life" (Revelation 
21:26-27). God's judgments in this age are gracious 
acts, whereby we who name His name are prepared 
for the Holy City. 

William Sanford LaSor in 
(Fleming H. Revell Company). 

February 9, 1963 

Page Nineteen 


If you can go to church, when all about you, 
Are going everywhere but to the house of prayer. 
If you can travel straight, when others wobble 
And do not seem to have a righteous care; 
If you can undertake a noble service, 
Expecting others to pitch in and boost, 
But find them doing everything to hinder 
Or sitting down like biddies on a roost. 

If you possess yourself and pray, "God Bless You" — 
When every muscle in you aches to smite; 
When something says, "Give up, give up the struggle! 
Since others fall, why stand alone, and fight?" 
You'll find a Presence by you, in the furnace, 
You'll find a Presence by you, on the sea, 
You'll find a Presence by you, in the battle — 
Yes! everywhere and always. Victory! 

If you can trust, when others faint and falter 
Or stand and serve, when others flee away. 
Unmoved by either Jezebel or Ahab, 
Remaining faithful every livelong day. 
If you can keep your courage up, and boost it, 
Yes! boost the Church right on, until the end, 
You'll prove yourself a very Noble Human, 
And what is more, you'll be a Saint, my Friend! 

(Author unknown). 

Spasmodic Church-Going 

A woman spoke to the minister 
after service, thanking him for his 
sermon. "I found it so helpful," 
she said. Said the minister: "I hope 
you will not find it as helpful as 
the last sermon you heard me 
preach." "Why, what do you mean?" 
asked the woman. "Well," said the 
minister, "that sermon lasted you 
three months!" 

Isn't it strange how long a ser- 
mon will last some people? Did the 
Lord, perhaps, make a mistake 
when He hallowed and blessed one 
day out of seven, that it be used 
by His children for public worship? 
If it were sufficient to have only 
one day out of three months, or 
two months, or one month, or six 
months or longer to meet with 
God's people for public worship He 
would not have commanded, "Six 
days shalt thou labor, and do all 
thy work: but the seventh day is 
the sabbath of the Lord thy God: 
in it thou shalt not do any work, 
thou, nor thy son, nor thy daugh- 
ter, nor thy man servant, nor thy 
maid servant, nor thy cattle, nor 
thy stranger that is within thy 

gates: for in six days the Lord 
made heaven and earth, the sea 
and all that in them is, and rested 
the seventh day: wherefore the 
Lord blessed the sabbath day and 
hallowed it." Exodus 20:9-11. 

But we fully realize that God's 
command alone is not enough to 
make a person render acceptable 
service unto Him. God does not 
want us to go to church regularly 
every Lord's Day, simply because He 
says we shall. Love to God, His Holy 
Word and His holy temple must be 
the all-compelling motive. If this 
love does not move us, our church- 
going will be, at best, only a formal, 
religious exercise, and usually only 
from habit and not even because 
of God's command, from fear of 

As a rule this lack of love for 
God, His Word and His church is 
the reason why many people attend 
divine services so spasmodically or 
not at all. Show me a person who 
can say with the apostle Paul, "The 
love of God constraineth me," and 

I will show you a person who will 
attend the public divine worship 
regularly and faithfully, and will 
derive a rich blessing each and 
every time. Such a person can also 
say, without any attempt at flat- 
tery, that the sermon and the whole 
service, the Scripture reading, the 
prayers, the singing and everything 
connected with the worship, has 
been very helpful to him. And if he 
is providentially prevented from 
worshiping with God's people, he 
will have his private worship at 
home. He feels most keenly the 
need of the help which God's Word 
only can supply, and he will, under 
no circumstance, deny his heart 
and soul this rich blessing. Yes, not 
only one day out of seven will be 
to him a Lord's Day, but every 
day — every day will he have sweet 
communion with his God. 

If every member of our church 
had such love for God, our atten- 
dance at the public worship would 
be twice as large as it is and de- 
votions would be conducted in ev- 
ery home of the congregation, with 
many blessings resulting therefrom. 

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The Brethren Evangelist 



T WAS A patroness for a number 
of years and am very concerned 
about Sisterhood work. But when 
1 hear Sisterhood girls say, "WE 
MEETINGS," I wonder how effec- 
tive our Sisterhood program is. I 
am thoroughly convinced the fault 
lies with us patronesses. The pa- 
troness is responsible for directing 
the action of her girls. There is 
plenty of Sisterhood material avail- 
able, so why waste the girls' time 
with boring meetings. 

I overheard a Sisterhood meet- 
ing some time ago. The leader 
READ one of the topics, read the 
scripture, and had prayer. That 
was the meeting!!! No wonder we 
have trouble getting the girls to at- 
tend. No one seemed informed as 
to what was going on. Believe it 
or not, not one member, including 
the president and the patroness, 
knew that there was a page in the 
Evangelist every week for Sister- 

hood girls! You patronesses must 
be aware of all phases of Sister- 
hood work. 

Isn't it the duty of patronesses 
to help guide these girls in pre- 
paring an interesting topic to be 
presented at the meetings? They 
lack the experience you have. Try 
with all your might to have the 
leader well-prepared for the meet- 
ing she must lead. This doesn't 
mean the Sunday before the night 
of the meeting either. If all work 
and no play makes Jack a dull 
boy, wouldn't it do the same for 
Jill? Why not have some fun after 
— or before — the program? How 
about some quizzes on our mission- 
aries and their work? Or liven up 
the program by asking one of the 
W. M. S. ladies to help with the 
topics? (Incidentally, it keeps the 
women informed as to what their 
daughters are doing too.) 

I hope you patronesses don't 
think you are just to be seen and 

not heard. You are not a chaperone. 
Maybe the little help you give a 
girl now will be the beginning of 
the call of another Jane Byler. And 
goodness knows, we need more dedi- 
cated young girls. You need to study 
the Sisterhood pages to know what 
should be presented and how to 
encourage the girls in their projects. 
This is a big task and you are 
"big" people or your girls wouldn't 
have chosen you. Give it all you 
have, for Jesus said, "With the same 
measure that ye mete withal it 
shall be measured to you again." 
Luke 6:38. 

The future of your young girls 
in church work is in your hands 
so don't let them down. God has 
privileged you with the opportunity 
and responsibility, but you must 
accept it in His name. And enjoy 

An ex-patroness. 


Dear Girls, 

Now that we've all weathered se- 
mester exams, let's begin the new 
semester with some new ideas. Last 
month I gave you a few suggestions 
on how to raise some money. Of 
course, money is needed for mission 
work, but you can do missionary 
work yourself. Many societies have 
written about service projects they 
have done in which they gave of 

themselves rather than their 
money. You will find too that be- 
nevolent projects are just as re- 
warding as monetary projects. Here 
are a few: 

9 The Lakeville, Ind., Sr. so- 
ciety "adopted" an Old Folks' Home 
and remembered each person on 
his birthday. 

• The Ashland, O., Jr. girls 
helped with the Nursery during the 
church services. What better way 
to prepare for teaching a Sunday 
School class! 

9 The Jr. and Sr. societies at 
Ardmore, Ind., were very busy last 
year thinking of others. They 
bought an Easter lily for the church 
and then took it to a convalescent 
after the worship service. During 
the fall they raked leaves (you 
could shovel walks now) and visited 
with older people in the community. 

In addition, they bought the sup- 
plies for a Communion Service for 
the youth. 

• You might want to do as the 
Goshen, Ind., Sr. society did and 
bake small cakes for shut-ins at 
Easter. Why not use this idea right 
away and bake heart-shaped cakes 
for Valentine's Day? People who 
are alone a great deal of the time 
need to be reminded especially that 
they are loved too. 

• Having a birthday party for 
two elderly ladies in the church 
and giving them small gifts brought 
joy to the Elkhart, Ind., Jr. so- 
ciety. It might not sound too ex- 
citing but their happiness will over- 
flow and you will be happy too. 

There are so many people who 
need your concern and so many 
things you can do to lighten anoth- 
er's burden that you shouldn't need 

February 9, 1963 

Page Twenty-one 

even these suggestions. The more 
you do for others, the richer your 
life will be. Let's show the love 
Christ has put in our hearts for 

Beloved, let us love: love is of God; 
In God alone hath love its true 

Beloved, let us love: for they who 

They only, are His sons, born from 


Beloved, let us love': for love is 

And he who loveth not abides un- 

Beloved, let us love: for love is 

And he who loveth not dwelleth 
in night. 

Beloved, let us love: for only thus 
Shall we behold that God who 
loveth us. 

Horatius Bonar. 

World Religious News 

in Review 


Present-day campaigners against 
prayer in public schools would do 
well to look at the record of in- 
augural addresses by U. S. presi- 
dents taking office. All but four 
(and they were vice presidents who 
took office upon the death of a 
successor) stressed faith in God by 
beseeching Him in public prayer. 

George Washington provided a 
model when he took office April 
30, 1789 by stating: "I shall take 
my present leave; but not without 
resorting once more to the benign 
Parent of the Human Race in 
humble supplication that, since He 
has been pleased to favor the Amer- 
ican people. . .so His divine blessing 
may be equally conspicuous in the 
enlarged view. . ." 

John Adams ended his Philadel- 
phia address in 1797 with: "And 
may that Being Who is supreme of 
all, the Patron of Order, the Foun- 
tain of Justice, and the Protector 
in all ages of the world of virtuous 
liberty, continue His blessing upon 
this nation and its government and 
give it all possible success and 
duration consistent with the ends 
of His providence." 

Dwight D. Eisenhower asked: 
"My friends, before I begin the ex- 
pression of those thoughts that I 
deem appropriate to this moment. 

would you permit me the privilege 
of uttering a little private prayer 
of my own. And I ask that you bow 
your heads. 

"Almighty God, as we stand here 
at this moment my future asso- 
ciates in the executive branch of 
government join me in beseeching 
that Thou will make full and com- 
plete our dedication to the service 
of the people in this throng, and 
their fellow citizens everywhere. . ." 

John F. Kennedy, in his speech 
of 1961, said: "With a good con- 
science our only sure reward, with 
history the final judge of our deeds, 
let us go forth to lead the land we 
love, asking His blessing and His 
help but knowing that here on 
earth God's work must truly be our 
own." (EP) 



Office Department has announced 
here that it will issue another spe- 
cial Christmas stamp in 1963. 

In announcing its stamp program 
for 1963, the department said the 
stamp issued in 1962 had proved 
so popular that another will be 
released next November for use on 
Christmas mail. It will be of a 
5-cent denomination since flrst- 
class postage rates advanced to 
that figure on January 7. 

No announcement was made as 
to the design or whether a nation- 
wide competition would be held to 
select one. The department, how- 
ever, will conduct a competition for 
design of a stamp honoring progress 
in science which will be issued next 
September to mark the 100th an- 
niversary of the National Academy 
of Science. 

Among prominent Americans to 
be honored on commemorative 
stamps during 1963 will be aviatrix 
Amelia Earhart Putnam and Mont- 
gomery Blair, Postmaster General 
under Lincoln who laid the ground 
work for the International Postal 
Union, the organization which reg- 
ulates international flow of mail. 
The Battle of Gettysburg also will 
be commemorated with a centen- 
nial stamp. 

Meanwhile, the national motto 
"In God We Trust" which has been 
appearing on postcards no longer 
will be part of the postcard design. 
The new 4-cent postcard which 
went into use January 7 pictures 
Abraham Lincoln. The 3-cent de- 
sign which showed the Statue of 
Liberty with the motto above will 
be discontinued. The motto and 
Statue of Liberty will continue to 
appear on the 3-cent stamp, al- 
though new rates will force rela- 
tively little use of that denomina- 


war with China is the first in 
2,000 years, says Dr. Rajah B. Mani- 
kam, and the conflict is destroying 
India's tradition of non-violence 
and turning her into a militarist 

Manikam, Bishop of Tranquebar 
in the Tamil Evangelical Lutheran 
Church, addressed a dinner here 
attended by the Lutheran World 
Federation Executive Committee. 
He said in part: 

"Shall the land of Mahatma 
Gandhi — the India that has prac- 
ticed non-violence and satyagraha, 
which accepts no war at any cost 
but believes that through suffering 
we shall conquer — shall that land 
give up her philosophy of life . . . 
and fight tooth for tooth, eye for 
eye? It is here that the Church 
of India must play a very impor- 
tant part. And I appeal to you . . . 
to remember my land in your 

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The Brethren Evangelist 


General Secretary W. Clayton 
Berkshire just returned from a trip 
to the west coast where along with 
John Porte, Rev. Virgil Meyer and 
Rev. Marlin McCann he attended 
the California District Conference 
at Lathrop, Calif. 

Reverend Berkshire and his trav- 
elling companions also visited the 
churches in Arizona, Cheyenne, 
Wyoming and Falls City, Nebraska 
enroute. The several interests of 
the denomination were represented 
both at the California Conference 
and at the individual churches. 

Much good progress was in evi- 
dence and it was most encouraging 
to see the fine results of much con- 
secrated effort in these churches. 

At Tucson the interim pastor, 
Rev. A. T. Ronk, was just getting 
established; at Tempe the church 
is showing greater maturity in 
leadership and program. 

The Stockton, Calif. Brethren 
Church has a lovely new parson- 
age and, in conjunction with the 
District Conference is moving 
ahead with plans to build the first 

unit of the church at the new lo- 
cation as soon as possible. The 
Manteca and Lathrop California 
churches are looking ahead with 
some anticipation of meeting their 
present and future needs for ade- 
quate physical facilities. 

Within the California District 
there is a deep, growing sense of 
unity and cooperation. This has al- 
ready resulted in some very com- 
mendable accomplishments. In the 
District Conference sessions there 
was a splendid sense of harmony 
and dedication. This was noticeable 

The Ken Solomons — Ken, 
Timmy and Becky 


The Solomons 


I^P Reverend and Mrs. Kenneth 8oto- 
'*" mon are being kept quite busy these 
days traveling throughout our broth- 
; erhood visiting the different Breth- 
ren churches. Ken said that it is hi.s 
desire to visit as many Brethren 
churches as time will permit him 
while on this furlough. Be sure to 
write to the Solomons c/o Mission<a i < 
Home at 1014 Grant Street, Ashland 
Ohio if your church would like then 
to visit with you. The Solomons ha\' 
much on their hearts to share will 
you about the Argentine Brethr*-! 
Church and people. 

?0h yes, Becky and Timmy are t 
ing playing in the snow... this is^ 
new experience for them. 

i ~i.i.;Kl!»a;»-.i35-»a^SSr ■ . 

February 9, 1963 

Page Twenty-three 

in the reports and in the handling 
of the conference business. The 
fellowship in general was wonder- 

We discovered upon our arrival 
at Cheyenne that Rev. Frank Gar- 
ber, pastor and founder of the 
Cheyenne Brethren Church had 

resigned. Brother Garber has given 
many years of his life to the work 
there. We express our sincere ap- 
preciation for all that Brother Gar- 
ber and his wife have done for the 

The Falls City, Nebraska, Breth- 
ren Church was rejoicing over the 

completion of some newly-created 
and newly-arranged Sunday School 
classroom area in their basement. 
It certainly was nice. 

We thank God for the blessing 
of this fellowship with our western 
brethren and praise Him for His 
providential care. 

Market day is a special day in 
any Nigerian village. But this mar- 
ket day in Lassa was a very special 
one because the church here was 
anticipating the arrival of many 
guests — perhaps 200 or more might 
come for the week of instruction. 

For those in charge of food and 
lodging, there were many moments 
of apprehension as to whether the 
preparations were sufficient or not. 
But we eagerly awaited the oppor- 
tunity to be host to this first group 
refresher course for all the evan- 
gelists in our entire church district. 
These men have been called by 
the various congregations to teach 
the Christian way to the outvillage 
people as they live with them. 
They are sent by each of the moth- 
er congregations as "home mis- 
sionaries" to surrounding needy 

Our first guests arrived at 4 a.m. 
with Monroe Good in the big Chev- 
rolet Apache. (Eight of them with 
their loads were squeezed in that 
car.) When the two lorries carry- 
ing the rest of the guests came in 
the afternoon, we heard happy 
voices singing as they approached 
Lassa. What joy they had in sing- 
ing the gospel songs! The women 
were already carrying wood and 
water for the eight large cooking 
pots which would be used to cook 
all the food. Sets of three bricks 
or stones were placed in triangles 
against a wall and the pots were 
put upon them so there was room 
for the fire underneath. 

In the early afternoon, three 
men had arrived carrying on their 
heads the meat from a cow pur- 
chased in market that day. There 
is no waste here as practically ev- 
ery part except the skin of the ani- 
mal is eaten, and that is sold. The 

The lovely white-washed Lassa 


by Mary Be+h Bieber 

native butchers really "butchered 
up" the meat into small pieces — 
bones, entrails and meat all to- 
gether. Dried fish were quickly and 
easily prepared for the first meal, 
and the beef was eaten twice a day 
for the next three days. The difu 
or guinea corn mush, which is 
eaten at every meal, required much 
hard stirring with a heavy stick 
in these large pots. (For my part, 
I could scarcely move the stick 
when the mush was thick.) 

Each guest had brought his dish 
with a cover in which to receive 
his food. We counted 186 men to 
be fed as they lined up for food 
that evening. Many times during 
the week, the women complained 
of aching arms and shoulders from 
the food preparation, but theirs 
was a labor of service to the 

Worship services were open to 
every one in the evening as Pastor 
Ngamariju opened God's Word to 
us daily. Over 1,000 persons were 
counted inside and outside the at- 
tractive whitewashed Lassa church 
each evening. How much our spir- 
its were lifted heavenward as we 
were led in praising God in songs 
led by Elder Mai Sule and Mallam 
Jabani. One person remarked that 
he thought the roof of the churcli 
would be lifted off by the joyful 
voices joining together in song. The 

Hausa language was used as a 
common medium of expression for 
the approximately six different lan- 
guage groups represented. 

From early morning until mid- 
afternoon with a food break of an 
hour, the men attended classes. 
Some of their subjects concerned 
the Christian home, teaching the 
Christian way to others, helpful 
literature, adult literacy teaching, 
devotional life, and how to ap- 
proach the unsaved. 

Most of these men have had little 
previous training for their work 
and they needed this "refreshing." 
This was a wonderful opportunity 
to learn together for a week. Every 
man whom we asked concerning 
the value of this course answered 
very favorably. One said, "I'll never 
forget this time of fellowship and 
learning." Another asserted, "We 
need to have this help once — or 
even twice — a year." 

These home missionaries of our 
Nigerian church received an abun- 
dance of physical and spiritual 
food and went away singing and 
praising God for his goodness to 
them. We are sure our church will 
be stronger through the renewed 
vigor and service of these "called 
servants." Our prayer is that God 
may richly bless each one in his 
home and village work in our 
church in Nigeria. 

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Official Organ of The Brethren Church 

"For as the rain cometh 
tdown, and the snow from heav- 
en, and returneth not thither, 
but watereth the earth, and 
maketh it bring fortli and bud, 
that it may give seed to the 
sower, and bread to the eater: 
"So shall my word be that 
goeth forth out of my mouth: 
it shall not return unto me void, 
but it shall accomplish that 
which I please, and it shall pros- 
per in the thing whereto I sent 

Isaiah 55:10, 11. 


16, 1963 

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'Future Responsibilities! How is Your Church 

Preparing for Them?" — Page Three 

lie. "B'tcttA^it 


Editor of Publications . .Rev. W. St. Clair Benshoff 

Board of Editorial Consultants: 

Woman's Missionary Society . Mrs. Charlene Rowser 
National Laymen's Organization . Floyd S. Benshoff 

National Brethren Youth Beverly Summy 

Missionary Board Mrs. Judith Runyon 

Contributing Editors: 
National Sunday School Board . .Richard Winfield 
Sunday School Lesson Comments 

Rev. Carl H. Phillips 

Prayer Meeting Studios Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 

Spiritual Meditations Rev. DyoU Belote 

Evangelism Rev. J. D. Hamel 

Book Reviews Rev. Richard E. Allison 

Special Subjects Rev. J. G. Dodds 

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Vice President; Richard Poorbaugh. 

In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "Rules for Growth" 3 

News from the Brethren 4 

Weddings 4 

Daily Devotions — March 8-14 5 

Sunday School Lesson Comments 6 

World Religious News in Review 7 

Signal Lights Program for March 8 

Sunday School Suggestions 10 

The Brethren Layman 

(Devotional Program for March) 12 

Sisterhood Program Materials for March 14 

Prayer Meeting Bible Study 19 

The Brethren Youth 20 

Missionary Board 22 


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We'll never know what suffering 

Our Saviour had to bear 
When He, upon that cruel cross 

In shame did die up there; 
But this we know, our debt was paid 

Upon that cross of woe. 
When God upon His Son outpoured 

His wrath, so long ago. 

We'll never know the price He paid 

To take away our sin, 
When He went down into the depths 

Where none had entered in; 
But this we know, God punished Him 

To pardon you and me; 
And now because God's claims are met. 

We can from guilt be free. 

We'll never know how God's great love 

Drew from His heart this plan. 
That brought the Saviour from above 
To die for sinful man; 
But this we know. He loves us still 

And seeks us in His grace, 
That with the Son of His dear love, 
In heav'n we have a place. 

Gospel Herald. 

A visitor at the National Museum in Cairo 
one day was gazing at the gold-covered casket 
of the young King Tutankhamen. "There," he 
said to himself, "but for the grace of God lies 
Moses." He was right. And what saved Moses 
from the fate of mere eminence, and thus turned 
his feet into the way of greatness? He remem- 
bered who he was, those who had gone before 
him, his ancestors, and the God to whom all 
of them belonged. 

The same purpose and power are possible for 
us under any circumstances. 

G. Ray Jordan in 
(Fleming H. Revell Company). 


We are sorry that the material usually sched- 
uled for the Woman's Missionary Society page 
for this, the third issue of the month, did not 
ariive for publication this week. 

A further note in reference to Mrs. Charles 
Munson's fourth issue of the month W. M. S. 
feature on Society News. In the January issue 
in which news of local missionary societies was 
to appear, we noted that Mrs. Munson had re- 
ceived no news to print. We have received her 
copy which is to appear in next week's issue, 
and we would like to pass on this word that she 
has a full page of Society News for that issue. 
So, members of the W. M. S., don't miss your 
page in next week's Evangelist! 

February 16, 1963 

Pairc Three 


the welfare and growth of 
your Sunday school and church ? 
Assuming that you are, here are 
a few suggestions for making 
your Sunday school more effec- 
tive, and in turn improving your 
church in general. 

1. Every Sunday school a 
graded school. 

2. Every teacher a trained 
and prepared teacher. 

3. In every Sunday school a 
Teacher Training Department. 

4. Everyone in some depart- 
ment of the school. 

5. Every scholar in the 
preaching service. 

6. A Bible in the hand of 
every scholar. 

7. The lesson studied at 

8. In every school a Home 

9. Every scholar for Christ. 
Don't you think this is a good 

set of suggestions, very timely 
and pertinent? Surely their ap- 
plication to Brethren Sunday 
schools today will help to in- 
crease attendance, participation 
and spiritual growth. 

It is interesting to note as 
we consider applying these aims 
to our schools today that they 
were copied from "The Breth- 
ren Quarterly" for January- 
March 1903 ! Edited in that day 
by Rev. A. D. Gnagey, the Quar- 
terly certainly carried the in- 
terests and welfare of the Breth- 
ren at heart. 

Now, restudy the list of sug- 
gestions as given here. Most 
present-day suggestions for 
Sunday school and church 
growth center on comparable 
principles and goals. 

History alone is our authori- 
ty as to whether or not the 
Brethren took the 1903 sugges- 
tions seriously. How many 
churches receiving that issue of 
the Brethren Quarterly are still 
in existence? How many have 
experienced a steady growth 
during all these years? How 
many of our present-day Sun- 
day schools are taking to heart 
the many fine suggestions being 
made continuously by our Sun- 
day School Board and other 
church agencies to insure nu- 
merical and spiritual growth for 
future years? 

Take the 1903 Ust again. How 
would you rate your church 
along side those aims? As an 
individual, how would you rate 
with aims five, six, seven and 

Recent statistics indicate that 
"in the last sixty years the pop- 
ulation of the world has in- 
creased over 45% while the 
Christian world family has only 
increased by about &%." Sixty 
years is the period of time since 
Editor Gnagey printed the list 
of Sunday school aims in the 
Brethren Quarterly. 

We cannot go back and 
change the past, but we can pro- 
mote a more productive future. 
Protestant-wise, life in the 
United States is not going to 



get any easier unless Protes- 
tants themselves arise to their 
responsibilities in promoting the 
"Great Commission" of our 
Lord. A favorite theme of min- 
isters some years ago as a new 
year approached was, "This 
Year We Shall Die", intending 
to show how that all of life is 
a process of decay and death, 
and that each passing year saw 
more and more of the same. 
How much better to adopt a 
theme, "This Year We Shall 
Live"? At any race, it is an ob- 
vious, sober warning that we 
had better live, or we shall die. 
Yes, in our Sunday schools and 
churches, we had better adopt 
and promote a living program if 
we have not already done so, or 
this year could be the year of 
our demise, as a school, as a 
church. Where there is no 
growth, there is decay and 

Naturally, this whole discus- 
sion leads up to our Theme in 
the Brethren Church for this 
year, "Living the Life." How- 
many of the large posters sent 
to the churches last fall are still 
in evidence in our churches to 
remind people as they pass by 
of their responsibility to live the 
Christ hf e each day ? How many 
individual leaflets of the Theme 
are still in evidence in our homes 
and Bibles? 

Reread the 1903 rules for 
growth; study and use the sug- 
gestions being made week by 
week, and make your personal 
and church growth the greatest 
ever for Christ this year. W.S.B. 

P;ijje Four 

The Brethren Evangelist 

SARASOTA, FLORIDA. Six new mem- 
bers were received recently, four 
by baptism and two by letter. 


Frank C. Wuest, of the China In- 
land Mission was guest speaker in 
the Sergeantsville-Calvary church- 
es on January 27th. 

tion Services for recently-pur- 
chased hymnals were held the eve- 
ning of January 27th. 

viNco, PA. The public service of 
the Junior and Senior Boys' Broth- 
erhoods is scheduled for the eve- 
ning of February 17th. 


Brother Phil Lersch was the speak- 
er for the Samaritan Hospital 
Nurses "Capping" Service held the 
afternoon of February 3rd in the 
Park Street church. 

MANTECA, CALIF. Brother Alvin 
H. Grumbling, in sending in his 
moderator's address, delivered re- 
cently at the Northern California 
Brethren Conference, appends the 
following note: 

"We had a wonderful conference 
in California. The spirit of fellow- 
ship and cooperation was high. The 
Conference showed some impor- 
tant gains, both in the district 
work and in the local church work. 
The four men from Ashland helped 
greatly in adding to the conference. 
Their presence was appreciated by 
all. We are looking forward to 
another good year of advancement 
and service to the Lord in this 

The Conference was held in the 
Lathrop church January 20th 
through 23rd. The men from Ash- 
land who made the trip to the Con- 
ference were: Field Secretary, John 
W. Porte; Mission Board General 
Secretary, Clayton Berkshire; Ash- 
land College Church Relations Di- 
rector, Virgil Meyer; and National 
Brethren Youth Director, Marlin 


WERTZ-KENNEY. Miss Lois Jean 
Wertz, Conemaugh, Pa., and Mr. 
Karl Lewis Kenney, also of Cone- 
maugh, were married on Saturday, 
December 8, 1962, in the Cone- 
maugh Brethren Church by the 
pastor, Rev. Don Rager. The new 
Mrs. Kenney is known to many in 
the Brethren Church because of 
her service in young people's camp 
work, especially in Pennsylvania 
Camp Juniata. (WSB) . 


MOSCOW (EP) — The number of 
Jewish "believers" in the Soviet 
Union is diminishing, the Moscow 
Neios claims, but not because of 
government pressure. 

The paper added that all Soviet 
citizens enjoy equal rights and 
"conditions for the Jewish religion 


An experienced army chaplain 
was directing a class of young men 
preparing for the chaplaincy. He 
called upon one of the men and 
said, "Imagine yourself on a battle- 
field. The flak is heavy around you. 
You are crouching in a shell hole. 
Another man is beside you moan- 
ing because he is seriously wounded. 
He will be dead in 60 seconds. What 
is your message to the lad?" 

The chaplain looked at his watch 
ticking off the seconds while he 
waited for the reply. The student- 
chaplain tried to recall some of 
his notes on how to minister to one 
In such a situation, but his semi- 
nary lectures didn't seem to have 
the right answer then. He took out 
his prayer book and started to 
finger the pages for the right words 
to read to the dying lad. But be- 

are the same as for the Orthodox, 
Moslem and Catholic faiths." 

It said 7,500 Jews were elected 
deputies to "local government bod- 
ies" last year. 


WASHINGTON, D. c. (EP) — President 
John F. Kennedy used the word 
"hell" on all three television net- 
works December 17, and newsmen 
accustomed to public reaction 
awaited the protests. 

But the uproar failed to occur, 
says Russell Baker in The New 
York Times. "Switchboards at great 
metropolitan newspapers did not 
light up with protests," he says. 
"Picket lines were not thrown 
around all three network headquar- 
ters. Letter-writing campaigns were 
not organized to flood the White 
House. . ." 

Some newspaper must have writ- 
ten an editorial. Baker observes, 
"but, if so, it caused hardly a ripple. 
There was simply no uproar." 

Pretty clearly, "hell" is not the 
word it used to be. Baker believes. 
"All the blasphemy seems to have 
oozed out of it... In short, it has 
become respectable." 

"How," Baker asks, "is a man 
going to let off steam after all the 
old profanities and obscenities have 
been hauled out of the barracks and 
given a shave?" 

fore the pupil began to speak as 
to this lad dying beside him the 
chaplain-teacher said, "Your min- 
ute is up!" 

One minute to go! And what 
would you like to say to a friend? 
What would you like to do for a 
loved one? How would you like to 
square away some misunderstand- 
ing? How would you like to right 
some wrong that has been done? 
What would you like to leave be- 
hind you as an inspiration to oth- 
ers? Before you know it your 60 
seconds are all used up. 

One minute to go, and how would 
you use it to prepare to meet your 
Lord? Sixty seconds tick by awfully 
fast. For any of us there is less 
than a minute between time and 
eternity. Therefore, "now is the 
accepted time. Today is the day of 

— Church Herald. 

February 16, 1963 

Page Five 



General Theme for the Year: "LIVING THE LIFE" 
Theme for March — "BY SERVING WITH CHRIST" 

Writer for Miirch — KEV. J. MILTON BOWIVIAN 
Mareli 8th throuffli 14th — "Personalities in Serviee" 

Friday, March 8, 1963 
Read Scripture: Matthew 4:18-25 
Scripture verse: And Jesus, walk- 
ing by the sea of Galilee, saw two 
brethren, Simon called Peter, and 
Andrew his brother. . .and going on 
thence, he saw two other brethren, 
James and John his brother. . .and 
they left the ship and their father, 
and followed him. Matthew 4:18, 

Jesus loved the sea of Galilee; 
much of His ministry was in this 
area which is seven hundred feet 
below sea level. It is still full of 
fish, and fishermen are still at 
work there. Christ loved the com- 
mon people. He recognized their 
possibilities. They must, however, 
forsake all and follow Him. 

If we are to be used effectively 
for Christ and His kingdom we 
must have the right attitude. 
Whether at seventy or seventeen 
the star of wonder should be kept 
alive, the curiosity for what is next, 
and joy in the game of life, should 
never cease. 

Samuel Ullman said, "You are as 
young as your faith, as old as your 
doubt, as young as your self-con- 
fidence, as old as your fear, as 
young as your hope, as old as your 
despair." Christ needs you! 
The Day's Thought 
Three Builders: "What are you 
doing?" a man asked of three la- 
borers beside a building under con- 
struction. The first man repUed, 
"Stone-cuttin'." The second smiled, 
"Puttin' in time until a better job 
comes along." The third man 
waited a moment and then said 
simply, "I'm building a cathedral." 

Saturday, March 9, 1963 
Read Scripture: I Corinthians 16: 

Scripture verse: Now if Timothe- 
us come, see that he may be with 
you without fear: for he worketh 
the work of the Lord, as I also do. 
I Corinthians 16:10. 

Since we have been made in the 
image of God with the capacity 
of choice, it is essential that we 
choose wisely. This is one of life's 
conditions. Then, and only then, 
can we live deeply and steadily. 

Paul saw the door of opportunity 
wide open. He entered the door 
confidently. Timothy saw oppor- 
tunities for service; he worked the 
work of the Lord. Bacon said, "A 
wise man will make more oppor- 
tunities than he finds." A simple 
formula for expanding our possi- 
bilities for effective service is: 
1. Recognize the Lord's call. 2. Be- 
lieve that He has tapped us on 
the shoulder. 3. Obey the call with- 
out reservation. Service for Christ 
and His kingdom can be a real 

The Day's Thought 

"God intends no man to live 
in this world without working; taut 
it seems to me no less evident that 
He intends every man to tae happy 
in his work."— Ruskin. 

Sunday, March 10, 1963 

Read Scripture: Numbers 32:11-19 
Scripture verse: Save Caleb the 
son of Jephunneh the Kenezite, 
and Joshua the son of Nun: for 
they have wholly followed the Lord. 
Numbers 32:12. 

Certain people stand out in 
Christian service because they go 
all out for the Lord. Caleb and 
Joshua wholly followed the Lord. 
That makes the difference between 
real spiritual stars and the aver- 
age Christian. Since Christianity 

is a way of life and we are either 
for Christ or against Him, we must 
yield Him our body and soul. Ded- 
icated service is the only kind that 
meets with God's approval. 

Caleb and Joshua saw the same 
giants that the other ten spies did 
in the Promised Land. Yet they 
were unafraid. "Let's go over and 
possess the Land," Caleb and Josh- 
ua said. They believed that with 
God, all things are possible. Where 
is our faith? 

The Day's Thought 
"It is only through labor and 
prayerful effort, by grim energy 
and resolute courage, that we move 
on to better things." — Theodore 

Monday, March 11, 1963 
Read Scripture: Colossians 4:5-12 

Scripture verse: Epaphras, who 
is one of you, a servant of Christ, 
saluteth you, always labouring fer- 
vently for you in prayers, that ye 
may stand perfect and complete in 
all the will of God. Colossians 4:12. 

Our standing with God is SO 
important. We must believe firmly, 
walk in wisdom, buy up the time, 
bridle our tongues, pray fervently 
and work zealously. Our conversa- 
tion should be seasoned with salt. 
This is a large order, but God is 

The Bible requires us to go on to 
perfection by following the will 
of God. We must get off the merry- 
go-round of life occasionally in 
order to meditate long enough to 
ascertain His will for us. Then 
Christ who is the Head of all prin- 
cipality and power will guide us. 

The fields are white with harvest. 
The needs of the world are great! 
Suffering and starving millions 
need our help. Do we hear and an- 
swer the need or do we pass by 
on the other side? If we are in 
close relationship with our Lord, 
the cry of the lost sheep will touch 
our hearts. 

The Day's Thought 
"Body and mind are like two 
clocks which act together, because 
at each instant they are adjusted 
by God." — Geulincx. 

Tuesday, March 12, 1963 
Read Scripture: Acts 13:1-5 

Scripture verse: As they min- 
istered to the Lord, and fasted, the 
Holy Ghost said, Separate me Bar- 
nabas and Saul for the loork 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

whereunto I have called them. Acts 

It is not always easy to follow 
the call of the Lord. Sometimes it 
requires separation from our job, 
our home and country. Paul and 
Barnabas with the others were in 
an attitude of expectancy. Their 
selection for service was made dur- 
ing fasting and prayer. 

George Henry Hubbard said, 
"The crest of the Prince of Wales 
bears the simple watchword, 'I 
serve'. We cannot determine 
whether our faces shall be beauti- 
ful or ugly, our bodies graceful or 
deformed. But the shaping of our 
lives is in our own hands. 

"The motto, 'I serve' always be- 
tokens real power and lasting au- 
thority. More, it is a truly Chris- 
tian motto and proclaims eternal 
kinship with the highest." God and 
one is a majority. He will never 
fail us. If the Son shall make you 
free, ye shall be free indeed. 

The Day's Thought 
"There are two freedoms — the 
false, where a man is free to do 
what he likes; the true, where a 
man is free to do what he ought." 
— Kingsley. 

Wednesday, March 13, 1963 
Read Scripture: I Samuel 3:1-10 
Scripture verse: And the Lord 
came, and stood, and called as at 
other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then 

Samuel answered, Speak; for thy 
servant heareth. I Samuel 3:10. 

Samuel grew and the Lord was 
with him. Let us grow and the Lord 
will be with us. We do not dare 
stand still in the Christian life un- 
less it is with genuine expectancy 
to "see the salvation of the Lord." 
It is necessary to forsake all and 
follow Jesus. 

Rev. Brayton Case, a farmer- 
missionary in Burma, visited a vil- 
lage hard hit by drought. The rice 
crop failed, conditions seemed 
hopeless. There was a little moist- 
ure in some of the ground but not 
enough to raise rice. Rev. Case 
gave them some seed-beans to sow. 
This was new to them but they 
had good results and many were 
saved from starvation. Many also 
were saved by grace. 

And the Lord called Samuel three 
times. Samuel answered, "Speak, 
Lord, for thy servant heareth". He 
put hearing into obedient action 
and became one of God's great 

The Day's Thought 
"Christianity is not a voice 
in the wilderness but a life in the 
world. It is not an idea in the air 
but feet on the ground going God's 
way . . . Nothing we can say to the 
Lord, no calling Him by great or 
dear names, can take the place of 
the plain doing of His will." — Bab- 

Thursday, March 14, 1963 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 16:1-12 

Scripture verse: Also I heard the 
voice of the Lord, saying, Whom 
shall I send, and who will go for 
us? Then said I, Here am I; send 
me. Isaiah 6:8. 

This vision of Isaiah motivated 
him for life. He was frightened by 
the tremendous scene which 
marked his call to the Lord. We 
often say, "Somebody ought to do 
something!" We are looking to 
somebody else to do the job when 
in reality we should be doing it. 

Many young people respond to 
God's call. They say, "Here am I 
Lord." Then they get into some 
effort not related to the call. Per- 
haps they go on to school. One 
year, four years, ten years pass. 
They are no nearer to answering 
the call than when they first heard 
it. They forgot something. "Send 
me!" was left out. "Here am I, 
Lord, SEND ME!" 

God said to Samuel, "Go, and 
tell this people." Go and tell! 
Billy Graham loas milking a cow 
on his father's farm when the call 
of the Lord came so strongly that 
he told his father he had to leave 
the farm and preach. The Lord 
has used him in a mighty way. 
The Day's Thought 

"Unless we perform divine ser- 
vice with every willing act of our 
life, we never perform it at all." — 
John Ruskin. 

Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Carl H. Phillips 

Topics copyrighted by the International Council of 
Religious Education. Used by permission. 

Lesson for February 24, 1963 


Text: Mark 8:27-38 

THIS TEXT marks a turning point in Mark's record 
of the life of Jesus and the apostles. From the 
time that the disciples acknowledged Jesus as the 
Son of the living God, the Christ, Mark records that 
Jesus entered a time of sorrow, grief, and pain. Je- 
sus teaches and works in anticipation of the Cross. 
Jesus wanted to confirm the belief of the disciples 
concerning His being the Christ. This He does by 
teaching, by His transfiguration, death, and resur- 
rection. He asked them what others believed and then 
what they themselves believed. Such instruction and 

confession clarified in their own hearts just what 
they did beheve. 

Confession of Jesus as the Christ, the Saviour, the 
Son of God is essential to our salvation (Rom. 10: 
9-11). Our confession in words is a revelation of what 
we believe. God knows our hearts (John 2:24, 25) 
but other men may not. Others depend upon what 
we say to know what we think. 

Confession at the altar is not all-sufficient (Mark 
8:34-38). Confession is a daily, year-around affair. 
What we say is to be confirmed by what we are and 
what we do. It carries with it a risk and a pride all 
for Jesus' sake. It means a joyous acceptance of the 
cross and lack of shame of the Christ for and in 
whom we live. When Jesus went to the cross and 
carried out His mission on earth the disciples at first 
staggered and withdrew from the scene of His war- 
fare. Later, eleven returned to bear their cross, see- 
ing how Christ was actually victorious over all things. 
We all have our own cross to bear when we follow 
Jesus. The truth of our confession is borne out by the 
fact of our cross bearing. 

Confession of Christ is inseparably tied in with 
the salvation of other people (Rom. 10:9-17). We be- 

February 16, 1963 

Page Seven 

lieve in Christ because of what we understand about 
Him. Our confession is the speaking out of this con- 
viction and understanding. Confession speaks of these 
convictions and includes our reason for them (I Peter 

3;15-17J. By our confession we become witnesses for 
Christ. Confession is then not a religious ritual but 
a means of our own salvation and a gateway or sign 
for others. 

World Religious News 





United States Supreme Court has 
denied hearing a case in which 
Jehovah's Witness parents objected 
to a blood transfusion for their in- 
fant child. 

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Perricone, 
members of Jehovah's Witnesses, 
refused to permit a blood transfu- 
sion for their son, who suffered 
from a "blue baby" condition. A 
New^ Jersey court gave custody of 
the child to the head of the medi- 
cal staff at a hospital in order to 
provide the needed transfusion. 

The case which had gone 
through the New Jersey courts, 
was appealed to the Supreme Court 
on the ground the religious liberty 
of the parents was denied. The New 
Jersey courts in effect held that 
the religious liberty of the child 
was not violated because he was 
not old enough to have faith. 

In denying certiorari in the case, 
the Supreme Court lets the decision 
of the state court stand. 

The Supreme Court decision was 
not unanimous. 

Justice Douglas disagreed with 
his fellow judges by saying that 
he would have heard the case. 


MEXICO CITY (EP) — Officials of 
Air Mail From God have received 
permission from President Somoza 
of Nicaragua to distribute Gospels 
of John by air to remote villages 
of the country. Some 200,000 Span- 
ish Gospels were scheduled to be 
dropped recently and that many 
more ordered printed for more 

The Nicaragua outreach is an ex- 
tension of a ministry now more 
than 13 years old which began in 
Mexico. It is AMFG's first step in 
expanding its ministries to other 

Latin American countries. The or- 
ganization is moving quickly before 
President Somoza's term expires 
in February, 1963, fearing a ter- 
mination of existing freedom of re- 


WASHINGTON, D. C. (EP) — ProteS- 

tants must discard the myth of 
the "good old days of Christian 
America," says a Methodist church 
historian here, if they are to join 
with their Catholic and Jewish 
neighbors in building a workable 
pluralistic society. 

Dr. Franklin H. Littell, profes- 
sor of church history at the Chi- 
cago Theological Seminary, said 
that early colonial society was 
"nominally Christian and in fact 
heathen" and that the religious 
liberty sought by the predomi- 
nantly Protestant settlers was 
"their own, not that of others." 

"Protestants must bury forever 
the pernicious legend of the 
'Founding Fathers' of 'Christian 
America': it is a lie which is used 
to justify bad citizenship and de- 
generate religion," he declared. 

Dr. Littell spoke at the first na- 
tional institute of the Religious 
Freedom and Public Affairs project 
sponsored by the National Confer- 
ence of Christians and Jews. Sub- 
ject of the institute was "The Re- 
sponsibilities of Rehgious Free- 



avalanche of stones pelted a police- 
escorted car driven by evangelicals 
enroute from here to Bogota Sep- 
tember 14. The stones were hurled 
at Worldwide Evangelization Cru- 
sade missionary Kenneth Chapman 
and his party by citizens shouting: 
"We have an order from the priest 

to stone these heretics who have 
come to take away our peace ! Down 
with the Communists! Long live 
the Virgin Mary!" 

Missionary Chapman, stationed 
in Bogota, started gospel services 
in Siachoque last May. Three visits 
were made and two men publicly 
accepted Christ. At the fourth visit 
there were three more professions 
of faith. 

Early the following morning, as 
the missionary and his party pre- 
pared to return to Bogota, a new 
convert warned them of the road 
block and the planned attack. An 
appeal was made to the Mayor, who 
dispatched a policeman to accom- 
pany the group as it left town. 
The mob ignored the policeman's 
request that they respect the May- 
or's order and carried out the at- 


HAMILTON, ONT. (EP) — Dr. Jamcs 
R. Mutchmor, moderator of the 
United Church of Canada, has 
urged Canadians to send free 
wheat to Red China as democ- 
racy's answer to Communism. 
Quoting: "If thine enemy hunger 
...feed him," Dr. Mutchmor said 
gifts of such food to the Chinese 
would be one way of applying 
Christian principles. 


GHOST RANCH, N. M. ( EP ) The 

title "Reverend" should be reserved 
only for God and not used by min- 

So voted the Rio Grande Pres- 
bytery of the United Presbyterian 

According to the resolution, pres- 
bytery ministers in the future 
should be addressed as "Mr.," in- 
stead of "the Rev.," and referred 
to as "teaching elder," a Scottish 

Pastor Harry G. Willson of Ala- 
meda, the presbytery's clerk, said 
he is having new church station- 
ery printed with "Mr." preceding 
his name. 

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The Brethren Evangelist 


Signal Lights Program for March 
Prepared by Mrs. Alberta Holsinger 

Bible Theme: "Jesus Our Savior" 
Project: "Primary Schools for Nigeria" 

Call to Worship: 
Come to sing; come to pray; 
Come to learn of Jesus today. 


"Wonderful Things to Know" 

"Jesus Could" 

"No One But Jesus" 

Bible Story: Our Savior Heals 

"Jesus is coming! Jesus is com- 
ing!" the glad people shouted as 
He went from village to village. 
Large crowds followed Him wher- 
ever He went. Many who were 
sick gathered about the Savior. 
They knew He would heal them. 
They had heard of the wonderful 
ways He had healed others. 

One day when Jesus came down 
the mountainside, a man sick with 
leprosy met Him. 

"Jesus," said the man, "You can 
make me well if You will." 

"I will," replied Jesus. And im- 
mediately the man was cured. 

In the synagogue one Sabbath 
Day there was a man with a 
crippled hand. "Will Jesus heal 
him today?" the people wondered. 
At that time many people thought 
it was wrong to help the sick on 
the Sabbath which was the day of 

Jesus looked at the man with 
the poor useless hand and said to 
him, "Stretch forth your hand." 

Even as the man put out his 
hand it was made well and strong 
like the other hand. 

One day Jesus was hurrying down 
the street with a worried father 
who wanted Jesus to heal his little 
girl. As Jesus walked along, a wo- 
man who had been sick for twelve 
years saw Him. 

"If I can just touch His clothes," 
she thought, "I will be made well." 
She reached out her hand and 
touched the hem of His garment. 
Immediately she was well. 

Jesus felt her light touch. "Who 
touched Me?" He asked. 

The woman fell at His feet. Was 
He angry? she wondered. 

Jesus said, "Be of good cheer. 
Your faith has made you well and 

Then He went on to heal the 
little girl. 

One day two blind men stopped 
Jesus and begged, "Help us. Please 
help us." 

"Do you believe I am able to do 
this?" Jesus asked. 

"Yes, Lord, we believe," the men 

Then Jesus touched their eyes, 
and they were able to see. 

As the men who had been blind 
left, another man was brought to 
Jesus. This man could not talk. 
Jesus helped him, too. 

The Bible tells of many others 
who came to Jesus. They were sick 
or blind or crippled and Jesus cured 
them, every one. Jesus cured them 
even when the doctors could not 
because He is the Son of God. 

— Based on portions of 
Matthew 8 and 9, Mark 
3 and 5. 

Poem: (to be read by a Signal 

God's Own Dear Son 

Jesus our Savior was once a wee 

He slept as all babies have done; 
Slept in a strange bed, a manger 
with hay. 
Though Jesus was God's own dear 


Jesus our Savior was once a small 

He liked to play games and to run; 
He did right always and always 

For Jesus was God's own dear Son. 

Jesus our Savior was once a tall 

He loved and He helped ev'ryone; 

Went about teaching and healing 

each day. 
This Jesus was God's own dear Son. 

Jesus our Savior once died for us 

For good people? No, there are 

All of us need to be saved from 

our sin 
By Jesus, who's God's own dear 


— Lois LeBar. 

Mission Story: First Grader 

Our missionaries' children go to 
school every day just as you do. 
They learn to read and write. They 
study arithmetic and science and 
geography. At recess time they play 
with their friends. 

But their going to school is not 
quite like yours. Hillcrest School 
for missionary children Is in Jos, 
Nigeria. It is hundreds of miles 
from the places where the mission- 
aries work. Of course, the children 
cannot walk to school or even ride 
the bus everyday. They live at 
school in houses built especially 
for them. 

On the first day of school last 
July, Barbara Bischof entered the 
first grade. All her life Barbara 
had lived at a mission station with 
her mother and father and younger 
brother, Bobby. Except for the 
time they were in the United States 
for a visit, her playmates have 
always been Nigerian girls and 

Barbara and her Nigerian friends 
had many happy times together. 
They would tie their dolls on their 
backs as African mothers do. (Af- 
rican girls make their dolls of 
leaves and sticks.) They would sit 
on the ground and with two stones 
pretend they were grinding corn 
just as they had seen the mothers 
and older girls do. 

Almost everything Barbara 
played was Nigerian style. 

February 16, 1963 

Page Nine 


Then one day last July, Barbara 
got on the school lorry and rode 
500 miles to school. For twenty 
weeks she studied and played with 
her friends there. At Christmas 
time she was home for vacation. 
Then in January she went back to 
school for twenty more weeks. 

When Barbara got to school not 
everyone was strange. She found 
that Rev. and Mrs. Glenn Shank 
were the houseparents. For many 
years they worked on mission sta- 
tions just as the Bischofs do. Now 
their job is to help take care of 
the children at Hillcrest. Their own 
children, Dennis and Donna, go to 
school at Hillcrest, too. 

Now Barbara is playing more 
like you do. She has other mis- 
sionary children to play with. Their 
dolls, they pretend, go to school. 
They pretend to go shopping and 
that they are cooking their food 
on stoves. 

Yes, there have been many new 
and different things for Barbara 
at Hillcrest. It has been a happy 
time and she has been eager to 

Now, like boys and girls every- 
where, Barbara is looking forward 
to the last day of school. Once 
more she will ride the school lorry 
and it will take her home to 
Mbororo. How much she will have 

to tell and show Bobby and her 

Each day as you go to school 
remember Barbara and the other 
missionary children. It is not easy 
for little ones to go so far from 
home. It is hard for the parents, 
too, to have their children go. But 
this is part of missionary life. They 
are thankful for a good school and 
teachers for their children. They 
are glad they are in Nigeria serv- 
ing God, because they know that is 
where He wants them. They could 
not be happy anywhere else. 

Friendship Circle of Prayer: 

Let us thank God for our parents 
and teachers and schools. 

Let us ask Him to be with Bar- 
bara and all the missionary chil- 
dren who are away at school. 


1. Roll Call — tell what you did 
without this month. 

2. Secretary's report. 

3. Are all the Signal Lights do- 
ing their Bible reading? 

4. Remember, the money you 
bring to Signal Lights will 
help the Nigerian children to 
have schools. 

5. Barbara Bischof will be seven 
years old on April 22. Let's 
all send her cards. 

Handwork : Sandals 

(You will need a piece of heavy 
material about a foot square for 
each child, pencils, scissors and a 

As Jesus walked about Palestine 
He did not wear shoes as we do. 
He wore sandals. We will make a 
pair something like Jesus wore. 

Trace around your feet on your 
material. Cut it out just a little 
larger than your outline (about 
one-half inch) . 

Cut four strips of material about 
one inch by eight inches. Sew or 
staple two of these bands to each 
sole so they form an X. They should 
be fastened above the toe and the 

Signal Lights Benediction 
Fun At Home: A Game 

Some evening ask your family 
to play this game with you. 

Take a sheet of paper and write 
the letters T-H-O-M-A-S down the 
side. Make as many of these sheets 
as there are players. You may use 
carbon paper if you like. Give the 
players pencils and ask them to 
write after each letter the names 
of as many Bible men and women 
as they know beginning with that 
letter. After five minutes the player 
with the greatest number of cor- 
rect names on his paper is the win- 


She was a woman of wonderful faith. Often had 
it been severely assailed, but it remained firm. One 
day I said to her, "I wonder if back in your life 
somewhere there is not a record of the foundation 
of this faith— or the beginning of it?" And perhaps 
because I am an old and privileged friend, or perhaps 
she knew I would understand, she told me about 

"It was when I was a very young girl that there 
was a fire in our village. It was the home of one of 
my mother's dearest friends that burned. She was 
a woman to whom my childish heart had deeply 
attached itself, and her home had become almost a 
second home to me. I was heart-broken over her loss. 
I longed, yet dreaded to go to her. When I went the 
embers of the home were yet red. She was standing 
in the yard. She saw me coming and came to meet 
me. After a few moments she turned away from the 
blackened ruins and faced the distant hills. I can 
hear her voice yet^'The hills are still there.' It was 
all she said, but it was the text of the mightiest 

sermon on faith I ever heard. All through my life 
that single sentence, spoken out of the heart of loss 
and sadness, has wrought itself into my life's ex- 
periences. And always as I have looked on these un- 
changing features of the landscape have I been re- 
minded of the Presence that abides with us unchanged 
through all human changes and through all the 
vicissitudes of life." 

As she was speaking, there flashed into my thought 
the words: 

"When the anchors that faith had cast 

Are dragging in the gale, 
I am quietly holding fast 
To the things that cannot fail." 
Oftentimes the shadow lifting reveals a sky of blue 
of which we httle dreamed. We And that "What most 
seemed reproof was love most true." 

When the material is swept away from us, look- 
ing away beyond the temporal may we see the eter- 
nal. "The hills are still there." And thus our hearts 
are comforted. 

— Selected. 

Pagre Ten 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Sunday School Suggestions 

from the National S. S. Board 

Dick Winfield 

effectively. Why not look around your church and 
its organizations and see how many people can be 
invited to help work, and thus become more conse- 
crated. Persons who help will be benefited. And so 
will your church! Try it and see! 


(Ohio Yearly Meeting of Friends) 


"THE more the merrier" appears to apply to church 
work, for with many working together, the work goes 
forward more cheerfully. It could be changed to "the 
more the better work" when it comes to persons hav- 
ing church responsibilities. The more workers, the 
more who will attend and give. 

A church member attended irregularly for five 
years. He never had a church job. After he was ap- 
pointed an usher, he never missed. He is now active 
and a member of an important church committee. 

A woman member never came to the Woman's 
Missionary Society. She was asked to talk and show 
slides. When she did so, she became interested and 
was soon working on a committee. Four years after- 
ward she was president of the missionary society. 

In some churches there are a few people with many 
jobs. It is not fair to over-burden and make less ef- 
ficient the ones who are willing. They are in danger 
of "spreading themselves too thin" and so not doing 
their best. There are plenty of people in most churches 
who, if encouraged, will learn by doing and develop 
leadership. Given no task, their abilities are lost to 
the church. 

A business man attended the Men's Bible Class for 
many years. The teacher became ill just before the 
class one Sunday and asked this man to teach, as 
he knew the man always studied the lesson. The sub- 
stitute teacher taught the class during the six week's 
absence of the regular teacher. Afterward he took 
a boys' class, which he had refused before. He be- 
came a splendid teacher. 

Many people of ability can be encouraged. Perhaps 
if they will not take a long term job, they will take 
a temporary assignment. Their interest will be 
aroused and they will continue. 

Why not find out the interests of your church peo- 
ple by having them, on some Sunday, fill out a talent 
survey sheet? The survey list could include such 
"talents" as singing, teaching, typing, stuffing letters, 
making sick calls, bookkeeping, working with youth 
groups, etc. 

Associates for key jobs, like financial secretary or 
treasurer, not only get more people working, but serve 
as a training period for successors, who are handy 
in emergencies. Giving young people jobs makes them 
feel they are needed, also. 

Many pastors are overloaded with duties, other 
than pastoral work and sermons. Here is a chance 
to interest people and relieve the pastor. The state- 
ment that "many hands make light work" is true. 

The church is the body of Christ doing His work 
here. There is so much varied work, it needs all hearts, 
minds and souls, plus hands and feet, to carry on 


"What do we do when we teach the child? 

We put a thought that is sweet and mild 

Into a mind that is waiting for seed. 

Into a heart that has never felt greed. 

The man with such thoughts is never beguiled. 

For we teach the man when we teach the child. 

"What do we do when we teach the child? 

We take the treasures which may be pil'd 

In lesson or poem or nature's store, 

And transform them all into golden ore 

Of character, which cannot be revil'd; 

The strong man comes from the well-taught child. 

"What do we do when we teach the child? 

We take the nature, untam'd and wild, 

And mold it into a life serene, 

With heart and will and judgment clean. 

We make the man who is undefil'd 

When we teach, as we ought, the little child. 

'What do we do when we teach the child? 
We plant the truth, where the Undefil'd, 
Our Lord and Master, said freedom makes. 
Through knowledge, true freedom comes and takes 
Its place, and dominates passion wild: 
We have saved the man, when we've saved the child." 


Dr. Arthur J. Gossip, of Scotland, says that one 
day on a battlefield in France he came on the body 
of a soldier lying still. "Why," he said, "out of all 
the hundreds one saw, he so impressed me, I do not 
know. But he was Scottish, and he was young, and 
he was somebody's dearest; and those dead eyes 
seemed to look up into mine, and those dead lips to 
cry out until I heard, "This is my body broken for 
you." And we had a communion service there of a 
kind, just we three — the dead laddie, the Lord Christ, 
and my soul; and I swore that because he had died 
for us, please God, I would be the worthier for that 

John A. Redhead, Jr. in 
(Fleming H. Revell Company) . 

God does not respect the arithmetic of our prayers 
— -how many they are; nor the rhetoric of our prayers 
— how neat they are; nor the length of our prayers 
— how long they are; nor the logic of our prayers 
— how methodical they are; but rather how divine 
and heart-sprung they are. 

February 16, 1963 

Page Eleven 

Dear Mister Editor: 

Zeke Grubb's preaciier come by the Henpeck store 
Saturday night, reported he had been visiting 
amongst his congregation ever night far a week and 
had a sore throat from hollering loud enough to git 
heard above their TV sets. He said he wasn't even 
shore if some of the members would recollect he was 

At one member's home, he said, he suggested they 
have a short family prayer afore he took his de- 
parture and the mother ask if he couldn't hold off 
a few minutes till Wagon Train was over. 

But the good parson admitted TV was here to 
stay, said he was learning how to live with it. He 
perdicted the day was coming when big groups of 
churches would chip in and hire one minister to 
preach on TV fer all of them. He figgered it would 
save money and the savings would be used to put 
ping pong tables in the Sunday School Department. 

But the bad news, allowed the Parson, was his 
doctor telling him he was gitting ulcers. The doctor 
ordered him to take it easy and let the church mem- 
bers do more work. The Parson said all his mem- 
bers was working now, 40 was working fer him and 
200 was working agin him, but they was all working. 

He said him and Rufe Zinder got out the records 
fer the last 5 years to see how the work load was 
running and the records wasn't good. They showed 
that 10 per cent was pushing the wagon and 90 per 
cent was just riding. It was that 90 per cent, he al- 

lowed, that was giving him ulcers. He said Rufe told 
him he didn't have no ulcers hisself but he was 
gitting tired blood and after looking at them records, 
he figgered he was just pooped from pushing. 

The Parson said him and Rufe decided to make 
a little survey to find out what that 90 per cent of 
unemployed church workers was doing. They found 
40 per cent was pouting over sumpun that had took 
place at the church. These members couldn't recollect 
what it was, but they claimed they was so upset they 
couldn't git over it. 

Another 8 per cent was setting at home keeping 
score on how many times the Parson had come to 
visit. One woman, he reported, was keeping score on 
a blackboard in the kitchen. About 22 per cent was 
flggering out how to git rid of the preacher. The 
Parson told the fellers they didn't have nothing 
special agin him, but gitting rid of a preacher was 
just one of their aims in life. He said every church 
had some of them kind of members. The other 20 
per cent, he reported, was just wearing the varnish 
off the pews. He allowed as how this was hard on the 

To sum up the survey, he told the fellers, his ulcers 
was here to stay. 

Yours truly, 
Uncle Josh. 

The Farmer's Advance, 
Camden, Mich. 

Sermons That We See 

A successful evangelist had 
preached a powerful sermon, and 
there was a feeling of awe and 
solemnity in the great auditorium. 
He closed his sermon with an earn- 
est appeal that all who were not 
Christians might yield their lives 
to Christ. 

More than a score answered his 
appeal and went forward for 
prayer. Among them was a woman 
in middle life, well dressed, and 
having every mark of refinement 
and culture. 

She asked the evangelist if she 
might say a few words, and permis- 
sion was granted her to speak. 
A hush fell over the large audience 
as she began. "I would like to tell 
you," she said, "just why I have 
come forward tonight, — just why I 
want to be a Christian. It is not 
because of the eloquent words spo- 

ken by the preacher. I am giving my 
life to God because of the in- 
fluence of a dear little woman who 
is in the audience tonight. Her 
form is bent by the hard work of 
many years. Her hands are red 
and horny from constant daily toil. 
She is just an unknown, obscure, 
but faithful washwoman. For many 
years she has been a servant in 
my home. Never once in these many 
years has this faithful soul ever 
complained or been impatient. Her 
way has been hard, and she has 
had more than her share of trials 
and troubles. But she has always 
manifested the same sweet Chris- 
tian spirit. Not one unkind word 
has she uttered in my presence, 
even when my harshness might 
have provoked and irritated her. 
Not a cloud ever crossed her coun- 
tenance in my presence. Her life 
has been adorned with little acts 
of unselfishness and love. Day by 

day her thoughts have been of 

"A short time ago my little girl 
was snatched from me, and I was 
broken-hearted and without hope. 
This little woman brought joy and 
gladness into my barren, empty 
life. She read to me from the Bible, 
of life beyond the grave, and gave 
to me my first ray of hope. I 
began to long for that something 
which made her life so beautiful. 
It was her sweet Christian influence 
which led me to believe in Christ." 

The minister called the embar- 
rassed little washwoman down to 
the front and then introduced this 
humble soul as the real preacher 
of the evening. He admonished his 
congregation to go from the meet- 
ing and do likewise — to preach by 
their daily lives; for as the poet 
has said, people "would rather see 
a sermon than hear one any day." 
— Selected. 

Pagre Twelve 

The Brethren Kvangelist 


James E. Norrls 

Program for 
March 1963 



Scripture: 2 Corinthians; Acts 22:22-30; Acts 23:1-12. 

Hymns: (Suggested) "Where He Leads Me," "Stand 
Up For Jesus," "My Faith Looks Up To Thee." 

Prayer : 

Leader's Comment: One would hardly think of tact- 
fulness in Christian living; unless it was called to 
his attention. Yet there are many instances in God's 
Word showing how tactfulness helped overcome great 
odds and worked to the advantage of the Godly per- 
son. Our first scripture reference shows how Paul 
asked the Christians at Corinth to use tact in their 
daily association with those around them, "Giving no 
offense in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed." 
If you read a few verses here you find a lot of solid 
advice. As we study this lesson tonight we will also 
see how Paul used tact in some most difficult situa- 

1. Paul uses tact when he is brought before the 
captain. Acts 22:22-30 (Read this). "Is it lawful for 
you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncon- 
demned?" These were tactful words of defense for 
Paul. How? Why? 

2. Paul pleads his cause. (Read Acts 23:1-10). 
Paul was able to turn the difficult position he was 
in to one well in hand when he perceived there were 
both Pharisees and Sadducees in the gathering. Be- 
cause they did not have the same belief they were 
at odds one with the other. Explain this. 

3. Another time Paul is threatened. (Read Acts 
23:12-22). How was tact used here? 

4. Jesus uses tact with the woman of Samaria at 
the Well. (Read John 4:7-26). 

5. How can a Christian use tact in winning others 
to Christ? Can you quote any scripture to support 
your views? 

How would you approach one who does not go to 
church or Sunday School in order to get him to go? 




With 1962 behind, and a new year upon us, it's 
time to send in a report of what we plan to do for 

Our President, Wallace Michael, has appointed two 
laymen to be at the church doors every Sunday for 
both Sunday School and church to greet everyone 
as they come in. In addition they are to pass out the 
bulletins, literature, and to get names and addresses 
of visitors. Each month there will be a change of the 
welcome committee so that all laymen members will 
have the opportunity to greet and serve. 

In November, after the regular monthly laymen's 
meeting, there was a work period in which there 
were tasks performed around the church. The church 
has been completely rewired with more circuits and 
outlets installed. Part of this work period was rela- 
tive to this rewiring. 

At the December meeting it was voted to send a 
contribution from the laymen to Lost Creek, Ken- 
tucky. Also to send cards to Brother Harry Riner who 
hasn't been well. After our devotional meeting, and 
business session, a movie was shown on some of the 
highlights of New York City. 

As Gratis laymen, endeavoring to do the Lord's 
work, may we resolve to be more active in attendance, 
devotion, spirituality, and brotherly love. 

Our prayers will be for a greater zeal for 1963, not 
only in laymen organizations, but in every aspect 
of the Lord's work throughout the entire Church Body. 

In Christian Love, 
Virgil L. Barnhart. 


Dear Danny, 

Today you are ten, getting to be a big boy now, 
and you will be making decisions of your own — quite 
a few more decisions than you ever have made before. 

Speaking of decisions, I have been wondering if 
you have ever thought of following God's plan of sal- 
vation as outlined in the Bible? Our acceptance of 
Christ as our personal Saviour is a very important 
matter to consider at any age. 

Many years ago, son, God did a wonderful thing 
for the first man and woman, Adam and Eve. He put 
them in a beautiful garden to live, but they were not 
to eat any fruit from one particular tree. After awhile 
Satan tempted them and they forgot how good God 
had been to them; they yielded to Satan's tempta- 
tion and ate of this forbidden fruit. They disobeyed 

I February 16, 1963 

God! — the worst thing that anyone can possibly do. 
Because of this disobedience, they were put out of the 
beautiful garden of Eden. Through this sin, we are 
all born in sin. 

You see, Danny, God cannot look on sin. In the 
book of Romans, chapter three, verse twenty-three, 
St. Paul says, "For all have sinned and come short 
of the glory of God." Perhaps you wonder how God 
can see us if He cannot look on sin. It's a wonderful 
thing, son, to know how God has provided a way 
or means of escape for us. In St. John's gospel, Jesus 
tells us, "For God so loved the world, that He gave 
His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in 
Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." In 
the tenth chapter of Romans, verses nine and ten, 
St. Paul writes, "that if thou shalt confess with thy 
mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine 
heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou 
shalt be saved, for with the heart man believeth unto 
righteousness and with the mouth confession is made 
unto salvation." 

God expects us to confess Him before men when 
we reach the age of accountability — that is the time 
in our lives when we can decide for ourselves the dif- 
ference between right and wrong, God's way and the 
devil's way. Christ took our place on the cross, died 
that our sins might be forgiven, and through our 
acceptance of Him, as our personal Saviour, He pre- 
sents us blameless before God. There is no other way 
under heaven whereby man may be saved. You should 
pray that God directs you as to the time when you 
should make your confession of Christ as your Saviour. 
When He speaks to you, do not hesitate, but be obe- 
dient and confess God's Son as your personal Saviour. 

Then, Danny, there is another act of obedience 
that God expects us to fulfill — that of being baptized. 

Page Thirteen 

There are generally three modes of baptism prac- 
ticed today, but God teaches that there is only one 
way. We, as Brethren, believe that God's word teaches 
us that Jesus was baptized in the River Jordan by 
Triune Immersion. Why three times?— in the name 
of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. 

We also beUeve God's word when He tells us to 
bury in baptism. If we bury anything, it is completely 
submerged, and He says, "in the likeness of His death." 
When Jesus died on the cross for our sins, He bowed 
His head and gave up the Ghost. That is why we 
use the forward motion. If we believe Jesus was bap- 
tized by immersion, and then we decide we want to be 
sprinkled, or have water poured on our head, we are 
taking the position that Jesus, in His earthly min- 
istry, performed foolish things, and son, the things 
and examples He set for us weren't foolish; and He 
expects us to be obedient and do as He tells us in 
the Bible. 

Your great grandma, Danny, was baptized in the 
river. They had to break the ice, and as "Gram" says, 
"and I never got pneumonia, either." We bury the 
old man of sin and come up out of the water a new 

I know there are not any Brethren churches where 
you live, but perhaps God will direct you to ask the 
preacher to bury you in the baptismal waters. 

One more thing, Danny, do not make your con- 
fession of Christ as your personal Saviour because 
"Pap" wants you to. Study these Scripture verses, talk 
to God about it and He will direct you in what He 
wants you to do. Talk it over with Mother and Dad 
and above all, when God speaks to your heart, be obe- 
dient to His will. We too, will make it a matter of 

"Pap Pap". 

Great Men of the Bible: 



Our scribe for this month for "The Man, Micah" 
has been brother Clarence Durbin, active layman and 
faithful member of our Vinco, Pennsylvania church. 
Clarence is a family man and works as a mine fore- 
man for Bethlehem Steel Company, Johnstown Plant. 


ICAH WAS A MORASHTITE, a native apparently 
of Moresheth-Gath, a town believed to have 
been in Judah, not far from Gath, and for a time 
a dependency of the Philistine city. He prophesied 
in the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah. He, 
therefore, began his career a little later than his 
contemporaries, Hosea and Isaiah, He spoke on the 
same great theme as Isaiah, and it has been said 
Micah was, as it were, a colleague of that great major 

Micah's style is simple, not rugged, but elegant. He 
is plain spoken in the rebuke of sin. His transitions 
of thought are often difficult to discern. He is fond 
of the interrogation, uses irony, introduces a meta- 

phor and retains it and carries it forward. He de- 
lights in a play on words, employing it largely in the 
first chapter and perhaps allowing it to determine the 
form of the concluding paragraph of the book. That 
paragraph is spoken in praise of Jehovah, and is 
based on the rhetorical question, "Who is God Like 
Unto Thee?" He closes his prophecy by pubhshing 
the background which his own name furnishes. The 
name "Micah" means "Who is like Jehovah?" 

Micah drew confidence and strength from the 
character of God, as revealed in the Ten Command- 
ments, in his dealing with Israel and in individual 
experience. God Himself does justice and loves mercy 
and He requires these traits in His people. The prom- 
ises of God were also a source of strength and sweet 
encouragement to the prophet. He knew that Israel's 
security lay in God's purpose to save His people ac- 
cording to the promise made to Abraham and cen- 
tered in the Son of David. The foes of the Kingdom 
cannot prevail. The sweet message of forgiveness 
and restoration rests upon God's word. 

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Devotional Program for March 


General Theme: "Living the Life" General Theme: "Portrait of Christ" 

March Theme: "Your Confidence" March Theme: "Meekness" 

Call To Worship: "Trust in the 
Lord with all thine heart; and 
lean not unto thine own under- 
standing. In all thy ways ac- 
knowledge him, and he shall di- 
rect thy paths." 

Song Service: Walking with Jesus, 
Beauty of Jesus, God Answers 
Prayer, Safe Am I, and / Know 
Whom I Have Believed. (All 
found in Youth Sings) 

Poem: "Lord, It Belongs Not To 
My Care" 

Scripture: II Thess. 2:13—4:5 

Prayer: Perhaps silent prayer in 
which each girl prays that she 

will put her trust in God to work 
His will in her life. 

Topic: Seniors — Your Confidence 
Juniors — Meekness 

Hymn: Near To The Heart of God 

Bible Study: Hoiv The Bible Is Or- 

Business Meeting: Tell any of your 
members who are seniors in high 
school or out of high school to be 
thinking about attending col- 
lege. There is a Sisterhood schol- 
arship available of which more 
will be said later. Now is the 
time for these girls to be apply- 
ing to the college of their choice. 

(The Sisterhood scholarship is 
good only at Ashland College.) 

One of our goals is to partici- 
pate in benevolent work. Besides 
rolling bandages and visiting 
shut-ins, there are many other 
phases of benevolent work your 
society can do. I mentioned a few 
in my column last week. Let's 
not do just the minimum, but en- 
rich our lives by helping others. 

Theme Song: With Eternity's Val- 
ues In View 

Sisterhood Song: Spirit of Sister- 

S. M. M. Benediction 

Watch Next Week's Evangelist For A Special Sisterhood Feature! 



Rev. Jerry Flora 

BETWEEN three and four million 
people live here in the Wash- 
ington, D. C, area. With thousands 
of them working in government of- 
fices and going home at the same 
time, the traffic problem is im- 
mense. How do they get around 
in the maze of cars? Actually, it's 
not too hard, once they learn the 

You see, Washington is divided 
into four quarters with the Capitol 
in the center. From that spot ev- 

erything in the city is designated 
either northwest or northeast, 
southwest or southeast. If a street 
is numbered, you know that it runs 
north and south; if it is lettered, 
it runs east and west; if it is named 
for a state, it runs diagonally. Thus 
by learning the organization of the 
city (and its exceptions!) the peo- 
ple who live and work here get 

Now, in reading the Bible it helps 
to know the system on which it is 

organized. This plan is so perfect 
that it must have been God's own 
guidance that led the collectors of 
the Bible books to arrange them 
this way. The key to the system 
is this: in both Old and New Tes- 
taments the books are arranged 
in the same order. First the books 
of history record the events of the 
past. Then the books of teaching 
interpret the past for the present. 
Finally the prophetic books view 

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the future outlook in light of both 
past and present. 

In a nutshell, that is how the 
Bible is organized. Let's see how it 


A. History. Now, I know what 
you're thinking. "History! I get 
enough of that stuff in school!" But 
stop and think a minute. When 
you boil it all down, what is his- 
tory? Isn't it the story of people? 
We all like to learn about inter- 
esting people, whether their names 
are John, Jacqueline, or Caroline. 
If history is stories of people, then 
Old Testament history is some of 
the best. 


Lord, it belongs not to my care. 

Whether I die or live; 
To love and serve Thee is my share, 

And this Thy grace must give. 

If life be long I will be glad, 
That I may long obey; 

If short — yet why should I be sad 
To soar to endless day? 

Christ leads me through no darker 

Than He went through before; 
He that unto God's kingdom comes, 

Must enter by this door. 

Come, Lord, when grace has made 
me meet 

Thy blessed face to see; 
For if Thy work on earth be sweet, 

What will Thy glory be! 

Then I shall end my sad com- 
And weary, sinful days; 
And join with the triumphant 
To sing Jehovah's praise. 

My knowledge of that life is small. 

The eye of faith is dim; 
But 'tis enough that Christ knows 
And I shall be with Him. 

Richard Baxter. 

Where else could you find such 
characters as Abraham, who moved 
out of his homeland at 75 to be- 
come a father at 99; Jacob, who 
spent his life as one of the world's 
best profit makers but said that 
his days were "few and evil"; or 
Moses, who threw away the life of 
an Egyptian prince to lead a slave 
people to freedom? These are not 
storybook creations ! These are men 
of muscle and blood who could 
just as well be living today. 

Since the Old Testament tells 
the story of the Jewish nation, four 
out of the first five books (Exodus 
through Deuteronomy) are about 
its founding under Moses. He was 
Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, 
George Washington, and Abraham 
Lincoln all rolled into one. The first 
five books of the Old Testament 
are often referred to as the Law — 
they contain both the records of 
Israel's founding and the rules of 
its faith. 

Then come twelve books relating 
the story of the nation from the 
death of Moses down to the time 
of King Artaxerxes of Persia. The 
names of the books are clues to 
their contents: Joshua describes 
the conquest of Palestine under 
Moses' successor, Joshua. Judges is 
about the next several centuries 
when the Hebrews lived somewhat 
as our early colonists lived, with- 
out any central government, ruled 
occasionally by judges. Ruth is a 
supplement to Judges and a link 
with what comes later. 

The books of Samuel, Kings, and 
Chronicles are records of the king- 
dom of the Hebrews. 1 and 2 Sam- 
uel are about the last of the judges 
(Samuel) and the first two kings 
(Saul and David). 1 and 2 Kings 
are about Solomon and the other 
kings who followed down to the de- 
struction of the nation. 1 and 2 
Chronicles retell the story of the 
southern tribes from another angle. 
Ezra and Nehemiah report on the 
Jews who returned from exile to 
rebuild Jerusalem, while Esther 
tells about those who remained in 

B. Teaching. Five books of po- 
etry show us the mind of the He- 

brews in light of their history. Job, 
Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and 
the Song of Solomon comprise this 
group, which the Jews called the 
books of wisdom. Here are per- 
sonal interpretations of the expe- 
riences of life. You will want to 
become familiar with the collec- 
tions of hymns (Psalms) and ad- 
vice for living (Proverbs). 

C. Prophecy. The prophets fit 
into the background described in 
the books of history. Many people 
don't understand the prophets and 
their writings because they have 
not taken the trouble to read the 
record of what was going on. The 
prophets were primarily preachers 
rather than predicters. 

There are seventeen books of the 
prophets. We divide them into two 
groups: five major prophets and 
twelve minor ones. The five are 
called major not because they are 
more important than the minor 
ones, but because they are longer. 
Isaiah, for example, has 66 chap- 
ters; Jeremiah, 52; and Ezekiel, 48. 
Especially important for you to 
read is Isaiah, the messianic proph- 

The minor prophets are shorter 
books, each with something to con- 
tribute to our understanding of the 
Jewish people and their prepara- 
tion for Jesus Christ. Nine of the 
twelve minor prophets concern the 
nation before they went into cap- 
tivity. Haggai, Zechariah, and Mal- 
achi — the last three — were written 
for the Jews who returned to Pales- 
tine from exile. 


A. History. You already know 
that the New Testament be- 
gins with four accounts of the life 
of Jesus, called the Gospels. Added 
to these is the Acts of the Apostles, 
the story of the beginning of the 
Christian church under the lead- 
ership of Peter and Paul. These 
historical books fit into the early 
years of the Roman Empire from 
about 6 B.C. to 60 A.D. 

B. Teaching. Half of the New 
Testament books are letters written 
by the apostle Paul to churches 
and friends. In these thirteen 

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epistles, he explains what the be- 
liefs of Christians are and what 
their behavior should be. He in- 
terprets for us the meaning of 
Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. 
Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, and 
Galatians are about salvation; 
Ephesians, Philippians, and Colos- 
sians, the church; 1 and 2 Thes- 
salonians, the end of this age; 1 
and 2 Timothy and Titus are to 
young pastors; and Philemon is to 
a personal friend. 

Then comes an anonymous letter 
known as the Epistle to the He- 
brews. It is unsigned, and even the 
early Christians did not know who 
wrote it. But this must not hinder 
us from trying to understand such 
a profound and important work. 

Next is a series of short books 
known as the general epistles. They 
are called "general" because they 
were not addressed to one specific 
congregation or person, as Paul's 
were. These books are James, 1 and 
2 Peter, 1 and 2 and 3 John, and 

Jude. If you want a good place 
to begin Bible study (not just read- 
ing, but real study) , start with the 
letter by James. It is strikingly 
up to date! 

C. Prophecy. Revelation is the 
only book in the Bible that spe- 
cifically calls itself a prophecy. This 
work, with its strange symbols, 
code numbers, and terrifying lan- 
guage, is one you will want to read 
if you have not yet done so. But 
don't worry yourself too much if 
you don't understand it all at once. 
Most people have trouble with this 
book because they don't know the 
Old Testament. Revelation contains 
over 400 references and allusions 
to the Old Testament. To master it 
you must first master the law and 
the prophets. 

The Bible is the book of two 
religions — Judaism and Christian- 
ity. The Jewish Old Testament and 
the Christian New Testament are 

both organized on the same pat- 
tern; they parallel each other. 

The Old Testament is the book 
of the national faith of Israel. Its 
foundation is the five books of law. 
Its external development is re- 
corded in the books of history. Its 
internal development is interpreted 
in the wisdom books. And its ul- 
timate design is unfolded in seven- 
teen prophetic writings. 

The New Testament is the book 
of the international Christian 
church. Its foundation is the four 
Gospels. Its external development 
is recorded in the Acts of the 
Apostles. Its internal development 
is interpreted in the epistles. And 
its ultimate design is unfolded in 

You see, the Bible is beautifully 
and perfectly organized. It follows 
a logical pattern which progresses 
in roughly chronological fashion. 
We have looked at the table of 
contents — now the reading is up to 



Mrs. Duane Dickson 


fOST ALL OF YOU have seen 
the beautiful painting called 
"The Light of The World." It is a 
portrait of the Lord Jesus stand- 
ing at a closed door. In one hand 
He holds a lantern, for the night 
is dark and His right hand is 
raised, and He is knocking on the 
closed door. The door has no latch, 
for it is bolted on the inside. The 
painter is trying to tell us that it 
is our Lord standing at the door 
of our heart saying, "Behold, I 
stand at the door and knock." 

St. Paul said, "Christ liveth in 
me." And so Christ speaks through 
our lips, He works through our 
hands, He moves on His mission of 

salvation through our feet, and He 
shows His love through our love. 
How wonderful! Did not Jesus say, 
"I in them and thou in me"? And 
here is the same thought in lovely 
words : 

Christ has no hands but our hands 

To do His work today; 
He has no feet but our feet 

To lead men in His way; 
He has no tongue but our tongue 

To tell men how He died; 
He has no help but our help 

To bring them to His side. 

That is true but it isn't the whole 
truth, for the Spirit of God works 

through us when we are submissive 
to His will. Submission is one of 
the traits of meekness. Meekness 
is listed as a fruit of the Spirit, 
and in Webster's dictionary we are 
told meekness means mild, sub- 
missive, and gentle. 

We are to be submissive or will- 
ing to let God take our lives and 
use them as He sees best. You 
see, girls. He has created us and 
so it stands to reason He knows 
us better than anyone else. Yes, 
even better than Mother and 
Daddy — why, even better than our 
very closest girlfriend. So, of course, 
He knows the best way we can 
serve Him, doesn't he? 

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Perhaps you are able to play the 
piano or sing; perhaps you have 
the talent to lead meetings or to 
organize. Remember, the little song 
we sometimes sing in Sunday 
School, "You have a talent, use it 
for the Lord; if you do not use 
it, you will surely lose it"? God 
gave us the talents we have and 
so who is more deserving of them? 
What would have become of the 
early church if the great Apostle 
Paul had not been submissive? In 
Ephesians 4:2, Paul instructs us as 
he sits in his cold, lonely prison 
cell in Rome. The year is 62 A. D., 
just after the proud and haughty 
Pharisees had nailed our Lord Jesus 
Christ to the cross. He says, 
"With all lowliness and meekness, 
with longsuffering, forbearing one 
another in love." Paul knew how 
difficult it was sometimes to show 
meekness. Most of his life he had 
been just the opposite of meek- 
ness — a proud, domineering man. 

We will all agree these last traits 
are traits we do not want. This 
would not give others a portrait 
of Christ when they looked at our 
lives, would it? But when Christ 
truly reigns in our lives, this is 
no problem, for, you see. His love 
is so great it overcomes such traits. 
Christ Himself set an example of 
meekness for us. In Matthew 11:29 
He says, "Take my yoke upon you 
and learn of me for I am meek 
and lowly in heart and ye shall 

find rest unto your souls." So, girls, 
when someone tries to tell you 
that "to be meek is to be a coward," 
don't you believe them. Surely none 
of you would consider your Saviour, 
Jesus Christ, a coward. 

Did anyone ever strike you or 
say something that hurt you very 
deeply? Did you want to strike 
back or say something very mean 
in return? Or did you show meek- 
ness as Christ did by loving them 
in return, by doing something kind 
for them. Yes, I said meekness, 
not cowardice. Remember, girls, the 
only person we should try to get 
even with is the one who does 
the nicest things for us. 

Most of us get the idea we are 
too busy to pray for our friends, 
much less our enemies. Yet Christ 
Himself prayed for the very ones 
who were sinning against God by 
putting to death His only begotten 
Son. Jesus shows us true meekness 
in Luke 23:34, "Then said Jesus, 
'Father, forgive them; for they 
know not what they do.' " Have 
we become such close friends with 
Jesus that we too can show such 

Does Christ live in you? Does His 
love shine through you or are you 
like a few boys and girls I have 
known? Let me introduce you to 
some of them. First, there is "Copy- 
cat Cathy" who says, "The other 
girls don't go to church all the 
time so why should I?" Next, I 

would like you to meet "Cynical 
Sam." He says, "Some of the guys 
claim to be Christians, but they 
sure don't live like it during the 
week." Then we have "Peggy Put- 
it-ofl" who says, "I've got plenty 
of time so what's the hurry." 
"Betty Wild-oats" says as soon as 
she's through trying all the things 
that are really fun, she will become 
a Christian. (The poor, confused 
child.) "Pious Pat" who says "I 
don't do anything really wrong, so 
why should I try to be better?" 
takes after her older brother, "Bill, 
the Bragger," who assures us he has 
done his part. "After all," he says, 
"didn't I give a hundred dollars to 
the church five years ago?" I truly 
pray none of you girls are like 
these young folks. 

You know, dear ones, sometimes 
our loving Saviour speaks to us 
through the beauty of the lovely 
flowers or the evening sky or the 
starry heavens, but it is still true 
that the best messengers our Heav- 
enly Father has are His own dear 

Remember, girls, our goal is right- 
eousness, godliness, faith, love, pa- 
tience, and meekness. Meekness 
does not mean weakness. May our 
prayer as Sisterhood girls truly be 
"O, Lord, speak to me and then 
through me thy message of light 
and life." 

Burlington, Indiana. 



Mrs. J. D. Hamel 

"Trust and obey 
For there's no other way 
To be happy in Jesus 
But to trust and obey." 

' VER SINCE I was a small chUd, 
J a Bible verse that was always 

a favorite in our home was, "All 
things work together for good to 
those who love the Lord ..." So 
often we tend to think that our 
happiness comes from external 
things; money, power, prestige, 
fame, love, health. But the happiest 

people in the world are those who 
daily trust God to provide their ev- 
ery need realizing that He does 
care for them! 

Christ said, "Are not two spar- 
rows sold for a farthing? and one 
of them shall not fall on the 

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ground without your Father. But 
the very hairs of your head are 
all numbered. Pear ye not there- 
fore, ye are of more value than 
many sparrows" (Matthew 10:29- 

The very hairs of our head are 
all numbered! Such detail! Surely, 
if God is this interested in us, we 
can put our smallest every-day 
problem in His hand and kjioiv 
that He will take care of it. Then 
our "self-confidence changes to 
confidence in Christ! 

Worry is like a little stream of 
fear trickling through our lives. 
This annoying stream will dry up 
if we have our confidence in our 
Lord and Saviour. Faith and worry 
do not go together. Worry upsets 
digestion, robs us of sleep, makes 
us irritable and eventually com- 
pletely destroys our peace of mind. 
But the teenager who is a child 
of God, who really believes that 
all things work together for His 
good, cannot worry very long. 

How can we place our confidence 
in the Lord Jesus Christ? The solu- 
tion is three-fold: 


A little boy once made a beauti- 
ful sailboat. He worked for days 
to make it, fashioning each part 
carefully and painstakingly. The 
day finally came that he proudly 
showed it to all his family and 
friends and went to sail it on a 
large river. The boat sailed grace- 
fully along the river but started 
to go farther and farther away. The 
boy tried to bring it back, but to 
no avail. The boat was lost! 

A few weeks later the little boy 
was passing a second-hand store 
when he noticed a boat that looked 
just like the one he had made! He 
went in the store and examined 
it closely! It loas his boat! He 
asked the man how much the boat 
cost, and with his own money paid 
for it! As he left the store he lov- 
ingly held the boat in his hands 
and said, "You're all mine. I made 
you; you were lost; I bought you 
back! Now you're mine! You're all 

Christ was one with God the 
Father when He created us. We 
were lost in sin, but He loved us 
so much He gave His life on the 
cruel cross of calvary to pay the 
price for our sins. He made us, 
we were lost, He bought us back 
again. What a thrill to know that 
when we accept Him as our Saviour 
we belong to God — the creator of 
the universe! 


It is so easy to accept Christ 
as our Saviour, attend church on 
Sundays and on Wednesday nights, 
and say that we are living the 
Christian life. How it must hurt 
our Saviour who has such great 
love for us to feel that we have 
no more time for Him than that! 
We should do that and more! If 
we have an earthly friend whom 
we admire, we earnestly desire to 
be in his company — we want to 
spend time talking to him. How 
much more should we desire to 
listen to the words of our Saviour. 

The Bible should be such a fas- 
cinating book for us that besides 
our regular time set aside for daily 
Bible reading, every spare moment 
we have should be spent, not in 
picking up the newspaper or a 
magazine, but in turning to the 
pages of the Bible to learn more 
about His great love and how we 
can better serve Him. 

The Bible says "Pray without 
Ceasing." I have often thought that 
if we had to pay $100 for every 
opportunity to pray to God, we 
would scrimp and save continually 
for just a few minutes of time alone 
with Him. But since this wonderful 
gift is free, we so often spend 
so little time conversing with God. 
And yet he wants us to! He even 
says, "Pray without ceasing!" He 
wants to spend time with lis. He 
wants to hold our hand and guide 
us every step of the way. He wants 
to be such a friend of ours that 
we will be "talking" to Him con- 
tinually. During study hall, in be- 

tween classes, on a date, in the 
middle of a test — He should be so 
much in our thoughts that we 
silently utter a word of prayer to 
Him anytime, anywhere. 


How do we obey God? I John 2:3 
says, "And hereby we do know 
that we know Him, if we keep His 
commandments." And what are His 
commandments? Christ says they 
are all summed up in the two 
greatest — (1) to love the Lord thy 
God with all thy heart and (2) 
to love thy neighbor as thyself. 

When we become a child of God 
we have resources that are hidden 
to the world. When we are in the 
place where God wants us to be — 
when we are confident that we 
are doing His will and not our own 
— we have no real reason to be 
concerned about any of our needs. 
When we make our own decisions 
we are on our own. But when we 
follow Him — when we "Pray with- 
out ceasing" so that every deed we 
do and every word we say is turned 
over to Him, then our lives be- 
come truly His — and our worries 
are placed on His shoulder. 

D. L. Moody tells this story; 

"I was standing with a friend 
at his garden gate one evening 
when two little children came by. 
As they approached us he said to 
me: 'Watch the difference in these 
two boys.' Taking one of them in 
his arms he stood him on the gate- 
post, and stepping back a few feet, 
he folded his arms and called to 
the little fellow to jump. In an in- 
stant the boy sprang toward him 
and was caught in his arms. Then 
turning to the second boy he tried 
the same experiment. But in the 
second case it was different. The 
child trembled and refused to 
move. My friend held out his arms, 
and tried to induce the child to 
trust his strength, but nothing 
could move him. 

" 'What makes the difference in 
the two?' I asked. My friend smiled. 

February 16, 1963 

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^nd said, 'This first is my own boy, 
and knows me; but the other is 
a stranger's child whom I have 
never seen before.' 

"And there was all the difference. 
My friend was equally able to pre- 
vent both from falling, but the 

difference was in the boys them- 
selves. The first had assurance in 
his father's ability and acted upon 
it, while the second, although he 
might have believed in the ability 
to save him from harm, would not 
put his faith into action." 

When we see the greatness of 
God's love. He who gave His son to 
die for us, surely we can trust Him. 
In Him is our CONFIDENCE! 

— Sarasota, Florida. 

Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 

C. Y. Gilmer 


I am watching for the coming of the glad millenial 

When our blessed Lord shall come and catch His 

waiting bride away. 
Oh! my heart is filled with rapture as I labor, watch, 

and pray. 
For our Lord is coming back to earth again . . . 
Satan will be bound a thousand years; we'll have no 

tempter then, 
After Jesus shall come back to earth again. 

—J. M. Kirk 

LET US NEVER FORGET the origin of Bible proph- 
ecy (2 Pet. 1:21). All Scripture is infallibly in- 
spired (2 Tim. 3:16), and indestructible (Matt. 24: 
35) . We dare not reject the Bible's declaration con- 
cerning its own validity (2 Pet. 2:21) nor impair its 
message in any way (Rev. 22:19). Jesus warned His 
disciples of "slowness of heart to believe all that 
the prophets have spoken" (Luke 24:25). John de- 
clared that the Revelation came from God (Rev. 1:1). 
No angel can contest Paul's gospel (Gal. 1:8, 9) . Peter's 
word is God's word (1 Pet. 1:25). Jude exhorts us 
to contend earnestly "for the faith which was once 
delivered unto the saints" (Jude 2) . 

Christ will return to earth in glory, set up His king- 
dom, and reign a King for one thousand years (Rev. 
20:1-5; Zech. 14:9; 14:16-21). It will be a millenium 
of peace (Isa. 11:6-9). 

"Yes, the ransomed of the Lord shall come to Zion 
then with joy. 

And in all His holy mountain nothing hurts or shall 

Perfect peace shall reign in ev'ry heart, and love with- 
out alloy. 

After Jesus shall come back to earth again." 

The Bible states that Christ will come at the close 
of a great time of trouble (Rev. 19:11-21), and that 
He will put down sin (2 Thess. 2:8), and establish 
His kingdom on earth (Psa. 2:8, 9). There will be 
a rapture of the Church (1 Thess. 4:13-17). This we 
believe because it is a part of the record that God 
gave of His Son (1 Jn. 5:10). We believe the mi- 

raculous translation of Enoch (Heb. 11:15), and of 
Elijah (2 Kgs. 2:11). The bodies of the sainted dead 
shall be raised (1 Cor. 15:44), and shall be changed 
(1 Jn. 3:2). 

There is a great day ahead called "Jacob's trouble" 
(Jer. 30:7) when Israel shall be delivered at "the full 
end of all nations" (v. 11), which the writings of 
Paul confirm (Rom. 11:25, 26). Daniel prophesied this 
time of trouble (Dan. 12:1, 2), and Jesus confirmed 
it (Matt. 24:15). The "distress of nations" (Lu. 21: 
25, 26) is yet future for it is dated at the time of the 
literal return of Christ (v. 27) . Paul speaks of this 
great time of trouble as headed by the "lawless one" 
(2 Thess. 2:8). In Revelation this wicked world ruler 
slays all who will not worship him (Rev. 13:15). Jesus 
in His return puts him into Hell (Rev. 19:20). The 
martyrs of the great tribulation shall be "arrayed 
in white robes" (Rev. 7:13-17). 

As our Lord ascended into Heaven so shall He re- 
turn as the "same Jesus" (Acts 1:11). He will come 
back with clouds and He is still the same pierced 
Jesus (Rev. 1:7). He Himself said frequently that 
He would return (Jn. 14:3; Matt. 25:31). He will be 
revealed by the print of the nails in His hands (Zech. 
13:6). He will stand on the Mount of Olives (Zech. 
14:3, 4). God will make Him King of the earth (Psa. 
2:8). Enoch foresaw His coming (Jude 14). He will 
return as earth's rightful sovereign (Rev. 19:11-16). 
The whole earth will know instantly of His arrival 
(Matt. 24:23-28). He will be the only Lord over the 
earth (Zech. 14:9). There will be a final judgment 
(Rom. 14:10-12; Phil. 2:10) for the wicked after the 
millenium (Rev. 20:5; 11-15). The saved shall be 
judged for their life of service (1 Cor. 3:14, 15) so 
that they may reign with Christ, and shall judge 
the world and the fallen angels (1 Cor. 6:2, 3). 

"Then the sin and sorrow, pain and death of this 

dark world shall cease, 

In a glorious reign with Jesus of a thousand years 

of peace." 


Humble folk often believe that walking with God 
is above their heads, or that they may "lose a good 
time" if they share all their joys with God. What 
tragic misunderstanding, to regard Him as a killer 
of happiness! A growing chorus of joyous voices 
around the world fairly sings that spending their 
hours with God is the most thrilling joy ever known, 
and that beside it a baseball game or a horse race 
is stupid. 

Frank C. Laubach in CHRIST 



( Fleming H. Revell Company) . 

Page Twenty 



The Brethren Evangelist 

A Pastor Writes a Teenager 

and Advises — 


Dear Al, 

I was in the meeting the night 
you made your decision, and I 
heard you say you were commit- 
ting your life to Christ to live for 
Him wherever and however He 
desired. My wife and I felt that all 
the work the church had put into 
the missionary conference was 
worthwhile just to have you make 
your commitment to Christ. 

As your pastor I had prayed 
much that you would someday take 
this stand. I've long been con- 
vinced, Al, that God has an im- 
portant work for you. 

But now almost a year has passed 
since that night and, as difficult 
as this is, I frankly feel I should 
counsel you to give up the mis- 
sionary idea. 

It's not that there are fewer op- 
portunities to serve Christ on the 
foreign fields than there were a 
year ago; mission boards are still 
looking for hundreds of mission- 
aries. And it's not that you lack 
the mental and physical require- 
ments to be a foreign missionary, 
because the Lord has blessed you 
with good "equipment" to serve 

My decision to advise you against 
the mission field comes as a result 
of some investigation I've been 
making this past year. I guess a 
pastor just can't help "checking 
up" on those he's concerned about! 
It's a part of his calling. 

You will recall that soon after 
you made your decision to be a 
missionary I made a special re- 
quest for the young people to help 
once a month at the Union Rescue 
Mission. As your pastor I felt this 
would be good experience for you, 
but if my records are correct, you 
helped us in only one meeting. 
You'll agree, Al, that missions be- 
gin at home. 

I'm sure you haven't forgotten 
our Sunday school canvassing pro- 
gram during the month of June. 
Though several young people as- 
sisted us in ringing doorbells each 
Tuesday night, you were conspicu- 
ous by your absence. 

I haven't been unaware of your 
faithful attendance in church and 
Sunday school and prayer meet- 
ing, Al, and I commend you for 
this. Yet I would remind you that 
missionaries must be made of 
strong stuff. Any Christian can be 
in church three times a week! 

Let me mention a few other 
things which would tend to elimi- 
nate you as good missionary mate- 
rial. You were chosen by the Sun- 
day school superintendent to help 
Mr. Andrews in Junior Church and 
you were well qualified for this 
job. Your dropping out after three 
Sundays was a real disappointment 
to me. A high school senior should 
feel a deeper sense of responsi- 

Apparently you rate basketball 
games (and even television pro- 
grams) ahead of the teen-career 
classes we held last fall. Putting 
first things -first must be the at- 
titude of those who are preparing 
for His service. 

This may be a small thing, Al, 
but I feel I should call it to your 
attention. We have had "clean-up 
day" at the church on three recent 
Saturdays. You apparently chose 
to "sleep in" on each of those days. 

What's all this got to do with 
missions? Think it through and 
I'm sure you'll come up with the 

You've talked about the possibil- 
ity of being a missionary to France. 
I would be thrilled to see you 
move in that direction! There are 

no less than 35,000 villages and 
towns in France without an evan- 
gelical congregation. But frankly, 
Al, it seems a bit inconsistent for 
you to talk of going to France 
when you dropped high school 
French after one semester! Talk 
without action has a hollow ring 
to it. 

I'm certain you have idealized 
missionaries as being prayerful, 
Bible-studying, soulwinning people. 
In the light of this let me close 
by asking a few questions. 

How much time are you spending 
in daily prayer? 

Do you have a consistent Bible 
reading and studying program? 

Are there any new persons in 
church and Sunday school today 
because of your life this past year? 

If you were on a mission board 
would you accept and support the 
kind of missionary you have been 
since your decision? 

You know, Al, that all of us in 
the church have a burning desire 
for our young people to get into 
the service of Jesus Christ. This in- 
cludes you. We're deeply concerned 
that you should start now being 
what you hope to become some- 
day — a missionary. 

This letter has been hard-hitting 
but only because I'm convinced 
you're not interested in the "soft 
touch." Please consider these 
things, Al. Pray about them, and 
then come and talk to me per- 
sonally. It isn't too late to make 
some changes and still salvage your 
future for Christ. 

Yours truly, 

John Anderson, pastor, 

First Church, Anywhere, U.S.A. 

Reprinted from 
Moody Monthly. 
Used by Permission. 

February 16, 1963 

Page Twenty-one 


On the evening of November 3, 
the Gretna Brethren Youth Cru- 
saders sponsored a hayride. After 
a joyful time of riding and singing, 
we returned to our advisors' home, 
Gerald Hudsons, for a weiner roast. 
Although the weather was damp 
and cold, all those present had fun. 
— Judy Kaeck, secretary. 


Win+er Retreat 

Youth Director, Marlin McCann, 
was on the road the day after 
Christmas. . .to the Indiana Win- 
ter Youth Retreat at Camp Mack. 
December 26-28 were the dates for 
this event. 

Wednesday was filled with Regis- 
tration beginning at 2:30 and ran 
through a mixer-recreation, supper, 
inspirational message by Buck Gar- 
rett, singspiration, film and discus- 
sion with Herbert Gilmer, snack 
time and bed. 

After rising, shining and eating 
Thursday morning, the retreaters 
participated in a panel discussion 
led by Herbert Gilmer on "How 
You Can Witness." Youth Director 
McCann led in a singspiration be- 
fore the Bible Study given by Bill 
Curtis. Buck Garrett presented 
another inspirational message after 
a break. A tour of the Murals on 
early Brethren history followed 
lunch and then McCann led in a 
brainstorming session. 

The John Noble Story came after 
Bill Curtis' singspiration. John 
Noble was a prisoner of the Com- 
munists for nearly 8 years. His 
story was told on record. Herbert 
Gilmer led in discussion on a film 
in the evening and Kenneth Solo- 
mon conducted a session on Mis- 

sionary Education before everyone 
retired for the night. 

The Solomons conducted another 
session Friday morning, Bill Curtis 
presented a Bible Study and Buck 
Garrett gave the final inspirational 
message. After rounding out empty 
corners of their stomachs, the re- 
treaters and staff said farewell to 
each other and pulled out of the 
Camp Mack grounds. 

The young people present at the 
retreat were : 

Linda Grumpier N. Liberty 

Sharon Price 

Judy Carr " 

Alan Shoemaker " 

Gordon Clark 

Chuck Oberly 

Donna Metzler Goshen 

Maribeth Grenard " 

Sharon Gilmer Roann 

Jim Gilmer " 

Barbara Miller " 

Cathy Miller " 

Staff members present were: 

G. Bright Hanna 

Herbert Gilmer 

Buck Garrett 

Bill Curtis 

Marlin McCann 

Ken Solomon 

Jeannette Solomon 

Timmy Solomon 

Becky Solomon 

Corina Basualdo 

Meet Your Sponsors 

NAME: Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Kullman 

CHURCH: Lathrop, California 

SPONSORS OF: Combined B. Y. 
for about 2 years 

AGES: 4, 3, 


GROUP: Two dinners for entire 
church (money raising) , planned 
district Hallowe'en Party and 
Summer BBQ, selling candy, vis- 
itation to invite other young peo- 
ple to B. Y. 

HOBBIES: We both like basket- 
ball, volleyball and baseball. We 
have church teams. Special in- 
terests are our 3 little girls. 

i'affe Twenty- two 

The Brethren Evangelist 


{Bob Bischof speaks of the new 
Landrover in the folloioing para- 
graph. This is the British type. 4 
wheel drive, station wagon that was 
purchased with the project monies 
raised by the National Brethren 
Youth for "Wheels for Nigeria." 
Landrovers are used quite exten- 
sively in Nigeria because of the 
availability of parts for repairs.) 

"We have been enjoying the new 
Landrover very much and have al- 
ready put it to good use. On the 
way to Waka for the yearly meet- 

ing, we took with us the children 
from the eastern area of the mis- 
sion who were on their way to 
Hillcrest School. Before, two cars 
usually had to take them all, but 
with the Landrover and the trailer 
we were able to make it in one 
car. It is very nice and useful. 
It is so much more comfortable 
than an open and bumpy jeep. 
"We are all in good health. Bar- 
bara has returned to Hillcrest 
School. Today we received the first 
letter from her. She states that 
she is well and studying hard. We 

were happy to have her home with 
us for awhile and really thought 
that she had learned quite a lot 
and are thus so happy that she 
has a nice school to attend. 

"The Howard Ogburns — moved 
to Mbororo yesterday. They will 
be stationed here for a period of 
language study before being as- 
signed to another station. They 
will work in the field of evangelism. 
It is good to have someone else 
on the station with us. They have 
a two year old girl and a four 
month old baby." 


TIME: 3:00 P.M. Monday — Executive Commlt+ee 
7:00 P.M. Monday — Full Board 

WHERE: Missionary Board Office 

All members plan now to attend. 

(February 16, 1963 

Page Twenty-three 


Reverend J. D. Hamel sent the 
following word to the Missionary 
Board Office this week. The Sara- 
sota Brethren Church is now hav- 
ing two church services on Sun- 
day morning — 8:45 and 10:30. The 
attendance on January 27 was 397. 
The average attendance during 
the month of January — 1962 was 
296; for January — 1983, 344. Quite 
an increase! The membership of 
the Sarasota Brethren Church to 
date is 184. 

The Sarasota Brethren Church continues to grow 

January — 1 963 

Harry Geese Akron, Ohio 

Robert Ziest Waterloo, Iowa 

Rebecca Harman Ashland College, 

Mt. Olive Church 
Mrs. Herman Varner > Conemaugh, Penna., 

Vinco Church 

Mr. and Mrs. William Cooksey Washington, D. C. 

Millard Mackall Corning, New York, 

Vinco Church 

Levittown W. M. S Fairless Hills, Penna. 

Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Bishard Mulvane, Kansas, 

Derby Church 

Derby W. M. S Derby, Kansas 

Goldie Oldham Findlay, Ohio, 

Williamstown Church 


The Scottsdale Ministerial Asso- 
ciation is composed of ministers 
from the Scottsdale area churches. 
It is a fellowship of ministers, and 
not a council of churches, who 
meet monthly for fellowship and 
consideration of mutual problems. 
The newly-elected President for 
the year 1963 is Reverend H. Fran- 
cis Berkshire, Pastor of the Papago 
Park Brethren Church. 


I Promise to assist in the building of new Brethren churches by 
giving $10.00 or more for each new church project. It is my under- 
standing that I will be called upon for this contribution not more 
than twice in any one year. I further understand that if I am un- 
able to contribute when called, I will be relieved of my obligation. 



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Official Organ of The Brethren Church 

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February gS. I^& ' J 

"A GLORIOUS VENTURE" — Northern California 
Conference Moderator's Address — In this Issue 

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Editor of Publications . .Rev. W. St. Clair Bensholf 

Board of Editorial Consultants: 

Woman's Missionary Society . Mrs. Charlene Rovvser 
National Laymen's Organization . Floyd S. Benshoff 

National Brethren Youth Beverly Summy 

Missionary Board Mrs. Judith Runyon 

Contributing Editors: 
National Sunday School Board . .Richard Winfield 
Sunday School Lesson Comments 

Rev. Carl H. Phillips 

Player Meeting Studies Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 

Spiritual Meditations Rev. Dyoll Belote 

Evangelism Rev. J. D. Hamel 

Book Reviews Rev. Richard E. Allison 

Special Subjects Rev. J. G. Dodds 

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Prudential Committee: 

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Vice President; Richard Poorbaugh. 

In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "You Will Be Missed" 3 

News from the Brethren 4 

Coming Events 4 

Spiritual Meditations 4 

Daily Devotions — March 15-21 5 

Progress Reports from Brethren Churches . . 6 

Sarasota Breaks Ground for Annex 8 

World Religious News in Review 9 

Missionary Board 10 

"A Glorious Venture" — 

Rev. Alvin H. Grumbling 12 

Woman's Missionary Society 16 

Prayer Meeting Bible Study 17 

The Brethren Youth 18 

The Brethren Layman 

(Boys' Brotherhood Program for March) ..20 
Sisterhood 23 

Rev. Gentle 




BOARD of the Brethren 
Church has announced that 
Reverend Spencer Gentle has 
accepted the call of the Board 
to become Editor of Publica- 
tions as of July 1, 1963. 

Brother Gentle will succeed 
the present Editor of Publica- 
tions, St. Clair Benshoff, who 
has resigned to accept the call 
of the First Brethren Church, 
Hagerstown, Maryland, to be- 
come their pastor, July 1st. 
The incoming Editor, now serving the Goshen, 
Indiana, Brethren Church, was born in Cains- 
ville. Mo., and was reared in the Fort Scott, 
Kansas area where he became a member of the 
Brethren Church at Fort Scott. He graduated 
from Fort Scott High School and Fort Scott 
Junior College. He then worked for the Agri- 
cultural Adjustment Administration; U. S. En- 
gineers; and was accountant for the Ford 
Agency in Fort Scott before entering Ashland 
College in 1945, 

Reverend Gentle received the A.B. degree from 
Ashland in 1947, and continued in Seminary 
until February, 1950. He received the B.D. de- 
gree from Ashland Seminary in 1958. He also 
attended Goshen Theological Seminary, (In- 
diana) . 

His pastorates were at North Georgetown, 
Ohio; Waterloo, Iowa; and Goshen, Indiana. 
He is presently on the Central Planning and Co- 
ordinating Committee of the Brethren Church, 
serving as secretary. He is also Secretary-Treas- 
urer of the National Brethren Ministerial As- 
sociation. He also served for some years on the 
National Sunday School Board of the church. 
Brother Gentle and his wife, Eleanor, with 
their five children ranging in age from 3 years 
to 17 years, will move to Ashland after the clos- 
ing of school. He will begin a period of orienta- 
tion with the present Editor about the first of 


The Sunday School Lesson Comments for 
March 3rd, which were scheduled for this issue 
of the Evangelist were not on hand in time for 
printing this week. We hope to be able to resume 
this feature of the Evangelist in the next issue. 

Educate a person without a Christlike religion 
and you make him a clever fool. 

John the Baptist was a "burning and a shin- 
ing light"; He was shining because he was burn- 

February 23, 1963 

Pagre Three 


"Tom mi/ 

JN THE GREAT story of David 
and Jonathan it became ap- 
parent one day that for the 
safety of both of these fine 
young men, David should flee 
away. Saul, who was king, and 
the father of Jonathan, was in- 
sanely jealous of David. Sur- 
prisingly so, this made no dif- 
ference between the young men 
because of their love for each 
other. Many times, Saul had 
threatened to kill David because 
of David's popularity with the 
people, so it was arranged be- 
tween Jonathan and David that 
David should go into another 
part of the country. 

Up to this time, David had 
been a familiar sight around the 
king's palace and among the 
higher ups of Israel. He even 
was privileged to eat at the 
king's table with Saul and Jona- 
than. The words of Jonathan 
to David at this anticipated 
separation are of particular note 
at the moment. I Samuel 20:18 
gives his words, "Thou shalt be 
missed, because thy seat will be 

All of us have had the ex- 
perience of having a member of 
the family circle depart for other 
places. The once familiar sight 
of an empty chair at the table 
is not too common anymore be- 
cause of small dining areas in 
our homes. The extra chair is 
removed to give the others who 
dine there a little more elbow 

This verse has been used on 
occasion to point out the differ- 
ence which will be felt in a home 
when a loved one is called from 
this life. Lyrics have been writ- 
ten for at least one funeral hymn 
concerning the vacant chair. 
There is sorrow and heaviness 
of heart when a loved one is 
called out of this life, but this 
sorrow is softened when it is 
realized that, for the Christian, 
departure from this life means 
an entrance into a perfect, eter- 
nal life from which no one would 
want to return to this earth. 
This assurance prompts the 
Christian to so live that when 
the hour of departure comes for 
us, we, too, shall enter that blest 
abode to join those who have 
gone on before. And yet, those 
who were once with us are truly 
missed in our family circles. It 
is the kind of "missing" that 
does not contain the word 
"final", for we shall meet again. 

To the average pastor, this 
verse also has an interesting 
connotation as he views his Sun- 
day school attendance in rela- 
tion to the people he knows 
could be present if they would 
only make the effort. It is even 
more so as he looks out over his 
church service attendance dur- 
ing the prelude. If ever the 
words of Jonathan have a pres- 
ent-day meaning, it is at this 
moment when the pastor scans 
the audience and notices who 
has gone home after Sunday 

School, and who didn't even 
come at all — "Thou shalt be 
missed, because thy seat will be 

Church attendance is a bless- 
ed privilege afforded citizens of 
the United States by the Con- 
stitution. It is a privilege which 
is taken altogether too lightly. 
We have never been able t.i 
figure out why the one service 
of the week designed specifically 
to bring men into intimate fel- 
lowship with God becomes a 
thorn in the flesh to so many 
people. There is nothing in the 
realm of Christianity which can 
fill the void in a person's life 
which occurs when the weekly 
worship service is missed ! 

Perhaps the solution is two- 
fold. First, for ministers and 
service participants to analyze 
the purpose of the worship ser- 
vice, and to be sure that every 
facet of the service leads to the 
one great achievement of open- 
ing the way for man to commun- 
icate with God. Second, for the 
Christian to take a new look at 
what he or she expects from the 
service, coming into His pres- 
ence with the aim and desire 
that through the service he or 
she will be drawn through 
Christ, into the perfect fellow- 
ship with God which will con- 
vict, cleanse, infill anew, and 
send us forth to serve Him more 
faithfully. Perhaps then there 
will be fewer empty seats and 
fewer people missing. W. S. B. 

Paarc Four 

The Brethren Evangelist 


Life Conference" was scheduled for 
the week of February 17th through 
22nd in the Sarasota church. Dr. 
Phillip R. Newell was the scheduled 


mon Appreciation Night" was held 
in the Hagerstown church on Jan- 
uary 31st. A carry-in supper and 
program was provided to show ap- 
preciation to Brother George W. 
Solomon and family for their work 
during their pastorate at Hagers- 

On February 24th, Brother Sol- 
omon will conclude his pastorate 


vices — Mar. 3-15 — Rev. Donald 
Rowser, Evangelist; Rev. Carl Bar- 
ber, Pastor. 

BRYAN, OHIO. Rcvlval Meeting — 
Mar. 10-22 — Rev. Robert Keplinger, 
Evangelist; Rev. Smith P. Rose, 

at Hagerstown and will then be- 
gin his work with the Louisville, 
Ohio, Brethren. 

Reception service for new mem- 
bers at Hagerstown will be held 
on February 24th. 

OAK HILL, w. VA. Brother M. W. 
Dodds will conduct the WOAY-TV 
Focus Program the evening of Feb- 
ruary 25th. 

Two new members were received 
into the Oak Hill church by bap- 
tism during January. 

new members were received by 
baptism on February 3rd. 

BRYAN, OHIO. The Father and Son 
banquet was scheduled for Feb- 
ruary 5th. 


voice collegiate choir of Goshen 
College presented a program of 
sacred music in the South Bend 
church the evening of February 


House" was held at the recently- 
puixhased new parsonage of the 
Milledgeville church on January 

27th. Brother Clarence Stogsdill 
notes that in spite of the extremely 
cold weather, about 120 persons at- 

The Milledgeville church is spon- 
soring a "Hymn Sing" on February 
24th, with members of the Lanark 
and Cerro Gordo Brethren Church- 
es as invited guests. There will be 
a pot luck dinner at noon, with 
hymn singing and special musical 
numbers at the afternoon service. 



Peace Corps, charges a leading Re- 
publican Congressman, is a "costly 

Rep. Clarence J. Brown (Rep.- 
Ohio) , ranking GOP member of 
the House Rules Committee, said 
that it is costing an average of 
$9,000 a year to keep each Peace 
Corps volunteer at his post abroad. 

Although the volunteers receive 
only $80 a month stipend, or $960 
a year, the cost of overhead of the 
agency is so great, he said, that 
it is spending $45 million in the 
current fiscal year to keep 5,000 
volunteers on the job. 

In comparison, Rep. Brown said 
it costs an average of only $2,600 
a year to keep an American mis- 
sionary or representative of a char- 
itable agency abroad. 

"The differential of $6,400, of 
course, is the cost of governmental 
bureaucracy," he charged. 

Spiritual Meditations 

Dyoll Belote 


"But I have chosen you out of the world.' 


A WRITER TELLS OF HIS experience as a boy 
in skating on a neighboring pond. The boys 
would open their overcoats and spread them wide 
to catch the wind, and so use them as sails. Catching 
the wind they would be propelled swiftly and smoothly 
over the pond. Later they thought the real fact was 
that the wind would catch them and carry them 
along. It was not so much that they had taken hold 

of something stronger than themselves; rather some- 
thing stronger had caught them. 

There is a story of a medical student in London. 
On his way home one night from some school gath- 
ering he caught the sound of singing. Noting that 
the singing was coming from a large meeting hall, 
he slipped into the hall and listened to the speaker. 
The speaker talked earnestly and naturally about 
God, finally extending a fervent appeal for conversion. 

The young medical student experienced conversion, 
and, grasping the speaker's hand, he pledged him- 
self to become a worker in God's kingdom. Some time 
afterward a fellow student said, "Will, did I hear 
right that you got religion?" "No," he replied, "some- 
thing more important has happened — religion got me." 

The speaker on the night of the student's conver- 
sion was Dwight L. Moody, the great evangelist. The 
student convert was Dr. Wilfred T. Grenfell, known 
to all Christian people everywhere as the great medi- 
cal missionary to Labrador. 

February 23, 1963 

Page Five 



General Theme for the Year: "LIVING THE LIFE" 
Theme for March — "BY SERVING WITH CHRIST" 

Writer for March — REV. J. MILTON BOWMAN 
March 15th through 21st — "Partnership in Service" 

Friday, March 15, 1963 

Read Scripture: I Corinthians 3: 

Scripture verse: For we are la- 
bourers together with God: ye are 
God's husbandry, ye are God's 
building. I Corinthians 3:9. 

It is impossible for us to con- 
ceive wliat it means to be in part- 
nership with God. Regardless of our 
position in God's kingdom, we are 
His agents. Teamwork, however is 
required. Do we truly realize that 
we are God's fellow-workers — God's 
building? This partnership is for- 
ever and ever, and the Bible points 
out the rules. Let us face every 
task with determination and do it 
with all our might. 

The Day's Thought 
To love someone more dearly ev- 
ery day. 
To help some wandering child to 

find his way, 
To ponder o'er a noble thought and 

And smile when evening falls — 

This is my task. 

To follow truth as blind men seek 

for light. 
To do my best from dawn of day 

till night, 
To keep my heart fit for His holy 

And answer when He calls — 
This is my task. 

And then my Savior by and by to 

When faith hath made her task on 

earth complete, 
And lay my homage at the Mas- 
ter's feet. 
Within the jasper walls — 
This crown's my task. 

— Maude L. Ray & 
Rev. F. H. Pickup. 

Saturday, March 16, 1963 

Read Scripture: John 9:1-7 

Scripture verse: I must work the 
loorks of him that sent me, while 
it is day: the night cometh when 
no man can work. John 9:4. 

Even Jesus, while here on earth 
with the limitations of a physical 
body, had to work together with 
the Father. We too, must work the 
works of God. 

A young leper girl had a bright 
cheery disposition. Her friendliness 
made her a great favorite with the 
patients in the leper colony and 
hospital. She wrote to the mis- 
sionary in her home town asking 
him to visit her. He came and bap- 
tized sixteen lepers. God had used 
her to win these to Christ. In her 
weakness, she was made strong. 
If God can use a young leper girl 
like that, what about us? 

Jesus is the Light of the World. 
He can make the blind to see. He 
gives us spiritual sight as well. 
With the help of Christ, let us be 
up and doing. 

The Day's Thought 
"Do noble things, not dream them 

all day long: 
And so make Life, Death, and the 

vast Forever 
One grand, sweet song." 

Charles Kingsley. 

Sunday, March 17, 1963 
Read Scripture: Joshua 24:14-21 

Scripture verse: And if it seem 
evil unto you to serve the Lord, 
choose you this day whom ye will 
serve... but as lor me and my 
house, we will serve the Lord. 
Joshua 24:15. 

Decisive action is essential to 
successful partnership with God. 
Even faith without obedience is 

dead. Not hearers only but doers 
are justified before God. We can- 
not be good soldiers of Christ by 
merely studying the manual — the 
Bible. Action, drill, works of obe- 
dience are necessary. 

Service must be from the heart; 
it should be something personal. 
"I'd rather see a sermon than hear 
one any day; I'd rather one should 
walk with me, than merely show 
the way." 

Joshua was a dynamic personal- 
ity; swift action was part of his 
very nature. He was the type of 
person who, while others were 
thinking about something, he 
would have it done. 

Are you a decisive Christian? 
Have you made the right choices? 
Are you willing to face hardness 
as a good soldier of Jesus Christ? 
We must be an example to others, 
especially to our own households. 

The Day's Thought 
"One thing, and only one, in this 
world has eternity stamped upon 
it... What you have done lasts — 
lasts in you. Through ages, through 
eternity, what you have done for 
Christ, that, and only that, you 
are." Rev. F. W. Robertson. 

Monday, March 18, 1963 
Read Scripture: II Corinthians 5: 

Scripture verse: Now then we are 
ambassadors for Christ, as though 
God did beseech you by us: we 
pray you in Christ's stead, be ye 
reconciled to God. II Corinthians 

In Christ we become new crea- 
tions after we are reconciled to 
Him. The old life is gone; the new 
has come. We are in partnership 
with Christ and represent Him 
everywhere we go. Our great con- 
cern should be to take Christ and 
His rich love to others. Markham 
said, "There is a destiny that 
makes us brothers; None goes his 
way alone, All that we send into 
the lives of others, Comes back 
into our own." 

What a Saviour we have! He 
took our guilt and trespasses upon 
Himself. Christ was tortured and 
crucified in our place. He has com- 
mitted the holy Word and the 
possibility of life eternal to us. 
You must, 

"Tell it wherever you go 

Tell it wherever you go. 

God's message of love 

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Sent down from above 

O, Tell it wherever you go." 

We are ambassadors for Christ. 

The Day's Thought 
"He preaches well that lives 
well," quoth Sancho, "that's all the 
divinity I can understand!" Cer- 

Tuesda.y, March 19, 1963 

Read Scripture: Acts 21:10-19 

Scripture verse: And lohen he 
had saluted them, he declared par- 
ticularly what things God had 
lurought among the Gentiles by 
his ministry. Acts 21; 19. 

St. Paul is a remarkable example 
of a truly dedicated Christian. He 
was tender-hearted, full of faith, 
strong of heart, dynamic in cour- 
age. He was willing to die for the 
Gospel of Jesus Christ. His min- 
istry, especially among the Gen- 
tiles, was very effective. Paul was 
in prison many times. He was even 
beaten and left for dead. Paul's was 
a special brand of courage. Surely, 
he had within himself a Divine 
spark. In the words of George 
Farquhar we find this suggestion: 
"Courage — an independent spark 
from heaven's bright throne, By 
which the soul stands raised, tri- 
umphant, high, alone." 

Paul was not afraid of death 
but he was afraid that he might 
not accomplish the task which was 
set before him. What about us? 

The Day's Thought 
"I do not ask to walk smooth paths 

Nor bear an easy load. 
I pray for strength and fortitude 
To climb the rock strewn road." 
— Gail Brook Burket. 

Wednesday, March 20, 1963 
Read Scripture: John 14 

Scripture verse: Verily, verily, I 
say unto you, He that believeth on 
me, the ivorks that I do shall he 
do also; and greater works than 
these shall he do; because I go un- 
to my Father. John 14:12. 

In the beginning of this chapter 
we hear comfort given for the 
troubled heart. There is also the 
promise of a home in heaven, pre- 
pared by Christ who will return. 
Since He is "the way, the truth, 
and the life," belief on Him is 
absolutely necessary, if we are to 
work the works of God. 

We must love Him with all of 
our hearts and the proof of that 
love is in obedience to His com- 
mandments. In I John 3 : 14, it says, 
"We know that we have passed 
(migrated) from death unto life, 
because we love the brethren. He 
that loveth not his brother abid- 
eth in death." 

Billy Graham was milking a cow 
on his father's farm when he felt 
so convicted to work for Christ 
that he left the farm, went to 
school and is doing great works 
for Christ and His kingdom. 

The Day's Thought 
With God, nothing is impossible! 

Thursday, March 21, 1963 
Read Scripture: II Corinthians 6: 

Scripture verse: We then, as 
workers together with him, beseech 
you also that ye receive not the 
grace of God in vain. II Corinthians 

It would be impossible for any of 
us to pay the debt we owe to 
Christ, if we tried for a million 
years. He who knew no sin bore 
our sins on Himself. Because of 
this unmerited favor, this wonder- 
ful grace of the Son of God's love, 
we are spiritually alive. Because 
He lives, we too shall live eternally. 

The favor that God bestows upon 
us merits appreciation and action 
on our part. We dare not, through 
indifference, make His sacrifice of 
no effect. "By their fruits ye shall 
know them." Matt. 7:20. 

A missionary was preaching out 
in the bush. He told the story of 
Jesus. The preacher was inter- 
rupted, "Yes, we know Him; He 
used to live here." The man took 
the missionary to a lonely grave, 
the resting place of another medi- 
cal missionary who had lived there 
years before. 

The Day's Thought 

As Christ's life is described, He is 
recognized in the devoted Christ- 
like life of His children. 

Progress Reports 
Brethren Churches 


The Northern Indiana Brethren Ministers, their 
wives and children' met at the Ardmore Brethren 
Church at South Bend, Monday, January 14. Rev. and 
Mrs. C. William Cole were the host and hostess. 

A very fine carry-in dinner was enjoyed by all. Af- 
terwards, Rev. and Mrs. Milton Bowman gave a 
very interesting account of their recent trip to the 
Holy Land, which was enjoyed by all. They also had 
many interesting articles that they had purchased 
while there. 

The fellowship was enjoyed by all and we look for- 
ward to the next one. 

The next meeting will be at the South Bend Church 
parsonage on Monday, April 1, 1963. Rev. and Mrs. 
John Byler will be the host and hostess. 

Those in attendance were: Rev. and Mrs. Claude 
Stogsdill, Rev. and Mrs. John Byler, Rev. and Mrs. 
Milton Bowman, Rev. and Mrs. Spencer Gentle, Rev. 
and Mrs. Virgil Ingraham, Rev. and Mrs. Glen Travor, 
Rev. and Mrs. C. William Cole, Rev. and Mrs. Buck 
Garrett, Rev. and Mrs. Yoo II Peal, Rev. and Mrs. Al- 
bert O. Curtright, Rev. J. Edgar Berkshire, and Rev. 
William Curtis. 


When the thoughts of moving come into the mind 
of a minister and his wife, it is a feeling of mixed 
emotions with a lot of hard work to think about and 
do. At least this is the feeling of this writer and his 

After receiving the call and accepting it to come 
to Warsaw, we began the process of packing and mak- 

February 23, 1963 

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ing ready for the journey. Facing the winter weather 
and the move at Christmas time made our move 
rather complicated but much is to be said which 
overshadows the hardships of this life. How true this 
is of the committed Christian life as a whole. 

After ministering unto the wonderful people in the 
Brush Valley, Pennsylvania congregation for four 
and one-half years, learning to know and love them 
as Brethren, we find these ties hard to break, but 
never to be forgotten. We pray and ask God's bless- 
ings to be on them as they grow spiritually and in 

On Wednesday night before the Thursday we left, 
members and friends at Brush Valley had a surprise 
farewell for us, giving us several gifts and many 
words of best wishes and that their prayers would 
follow us. We are very grateful to all of the Brush 
Valley Brethren. 

After leaving our old home for the trip westward to 
Indiana and having some car trouble which kept us 
on the road all night and most of a day, we arrived 
in Warsaw on Friday, December 21st. About 4:00 P.M. 
feeling the results of being on the road for so long, 
and our three daughters asking when, where, how, 
and even much more when they were going to get 
a Christmas tree up, we walked into the parsonage 
to find our furniture all in place and so many very 
nice improvements made in the house. Then a burst 
of shouts of glee and happiness from the girls, for 
there in the corner of our living room was a very 
beautiful Christmas tree fully decorated. Under it, the 
floor could not be seen for the abundance of person- 
al gifts and a real Christmas food shower. After only 
a few minutes, here came a hot meal ready to sit down 
to and enjoy, given by the W. M .S. Truly, this was 
Christmas at its best, and was appreciated more 
than words can ever tell. 

We are finding the Warsaw Brethren willing and 
ready to move ahead in several ways. The need for 
some time of adding an educational building has been 
apparent. The building is in its infant stages of be- 
ing planned. At the present time, an architect is study- 
ing our needs and soon will be presenting us with 
plans to study and start making further plans. It is 
our hope to see work on this unit started by spring 

Much sickness and extremely cold weather has held 
our attendance down since being here, but with the 
existing conditions, our first Sunday-School night 
on February 3rd showed an attendance of 81. We feel 
that this is a good attendance for an evening service. 

We are encouraged with the work, and ask the 
prayers of our Brethren everywhere. 

Paul D. Tinkel, Pastor. 


It is a happy occasion to share with our Brethren 
some news and events of the Warsaw First Brethren 

On the first of September, Rev. C. Y. Gilmer left 
Warsaw to assume his new pastorate at Lanark, Il- 
linois. It was not until December 23rd that our new 
pastor. Rev. Paul D. Tinkel, began his ministry with 
us. During the interim, we feel that God blessed us 

by sending servants to take care of us and to fill 
our pulpit every Sunday. 

Rev. Edgar Berkshire of Tyner, Indiana came sev- 
eral Sundays to bring us the morning messages. He 
also conducted the fall communion service. Brother 
Thomas Hill of the Nappanee Brethren, a teacher in 
the Nappanee schools, filled our pulpit for five Sun- 
days. We enjoyed very much the messages of each 
of these Brethren. 

Our evening services were filled by members of 
our local church and by local guest speakers. 

Also during the interim, both W. M. S. No. 1 and 
W. M. S. No. 2 had their public services with Mrs 
Richard Stahl of the Huntington Brethren and Dr. 
Harold Barnett as their speakers. 

The local work was carried on by the officers, choir 
director, and so many faithful members of our church 
so that no loss in average attendance was experienced. 
We do give thanks unto our Lord for his leadership 
experienced by every person who helped. 

As to some of our activities, the trustees have been 
busy making several repairs and improvements in our 
church and parsonage. They have installed plate- 
glass storm windows over our large stained glass win- 
dows which really gives beauty and much warmth. 
Several needed repairs were made at the parsonage 
including redecorating, work in the kitchen, bath, 
basement, and the laying of wall-to-wall carpet in 
the dining room, living room, the pastor's office, and 
halls. Very lovely mahogany cabinets and book shelves 
were built also for our pastor's study. 

Our W. M. S. No. 2 sponsored the sending of a 
truckload of clothing and other needed articles to 
Lost Creek, Kentucky. 

We are grateful for the progressed movement of 
our church and ask the continued prayers of all our 

For Mrs. Joyce Saylor, Cor. Sec, 
By the Pastor. 

Note: On December 24th, Mrs. Saylor, who is so well 
known through her years of devoted work in the 
National W. M. S. had an accident in which she slipped 
and fell on ice, resulting in a serious fracture of her 
right arm. She is recovering nicely and hopes to be 
back in the groove of work and service soon. We were 
very happy to take her notes and write this article 
for her. 

Paul D. Tinkel, Pastor. 

As one views the mountain tops of the range 
that borders Denver, Colorado, he observes the 
cross on a church steeple that stands out against 
the background of the snow caps. What a mag- 
nificent array of grandeur! 

This symbol of purity impresses, our spiritual 
sensitivity, and we cannot help exclaiming, with 
the psalmist, "I lift up my eyes to the hills. 
From whence does my help come?" We must 
reply to our own question, "My help comes from 
the Lord, who made heaven and earth." 
John Lewis Sandlin in 
• Fleming H. Revell Company). 

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were held by the Sarasota, 
Florida Brethren for their new Ed- 
ucational Building on Sunday, De- 
cember 23, 1962. The rapidly-grow- 

ing Sarasota church has had need 
for some time for the facilities 
which will be incorporated in the 
new building. 

Among those in the larger pic- 
ture are; extreme left, Gary Weller 
who is a ministerial student at 
Ashland College from Sarasota; 
Rev. Fred C. Vanator (in robe) and 
Rev. Ora Lemert (in black suit), 
Co-Founders of the Sarasota 
church; and Pastor J. D. Hamel, 

In the foreground of the picture 
in robe is Judy Wingate, Senior 
BYC President. Standing behind 
Miss Wingate is John Buchanan, 
Junior BYC President. Operating 
the shovel are Janet Hamel and 
David Bixler. 

In the smaller picture. Pastor 
Hamel is turning the first shovel- 
ful of dirt for the project while 
his congregation observes. 

Another event of importance in 
the Sarasota church was the re- 
cent purchase of new choir robes, 
a gift of an anonymous donor. The 
choir is pictured as they appeared 
in services on December 16th. 

February 23, 1963 

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World Religious News 

in Review 


OLIVIA, MINN. (EP) — Because she 
insisted that her religious beliefs 
prevented her from serving on a 
jury, Mrs. LaVerna Jenison, mother 
of three children, has been sen- 
tenced to 30 days in jail here. 

Mrs. Jenison, a former Lutheran 
who is now a follower of the Radio 
Church of God, according to her 
personal testimony, claimed it is 
not right for her to judge her 
fellow human beings. She was cited 
for contempt by District Judge C. 
A. Rollofl and was sentenced to 
jail after refusing to sit on a jury 
called to hear a civil matter. 

Attorneys for the Minnesota 
branch of the American Civil Lib- 
erties Union (ACLU) are investi- 
gating the case. 


PARIS (EP) — An army of Chris- 
tian students, 1,000 strong will 
launch a literature crusade in Eur- 
ope next summer. Their goal is to 
reach all of the 100,000 villages in 
Austria, France, Belgium, Italy and 
Spain with the Gospel in printed 

Head of this effort, called "Op- 
eration Mobilization," is George 
Verwer of Wyckoff, N. J. 

Verwer estimates that his group 
will distribute over 200 tons of 
Christian literature. A fleet of 100 
trucks, 50 cars and many bicycles 
will be needed to move both the 
workers and the literature. Most 
of the volunteer students will be 
drawn from Europe, though key 
personnel such as group leaders 
and mechanics are being recruited 
in the United States. 

The campaign is being carefully 
organized and coordinated with 
evangelical churches and mission 
groups in Europe. The literature is 
being provided with the help of the 
Moody Literature Mission, the Back 
to the Bible Broadcast, the British 
and Foreign Bible Society and 
many other groups. 


LONDON (EP) — Military training 
should include a compulsory course 
on religion to give soldiers inner 
strength in the face of nuclear 

This is the proposal of Col. Peter 
Vaux of the Army Staff College in 
Camberley. Col. Vaux said several 
hours of religious teaching a week 
should be given service men and 
women, supplemented by visits of 
clergymen to military units. 

Col. Vaux's proposal, however, 
has not won immediate endorse- 
ment from church leaders. In a 
comment, Anglican Bishop Robert 
W. Stopford of London said he felt 
it was "dangerous." 

"You might be using religion for 
the wrong reasons," the bishop was 
quoted as saying, "Using it because 
it strengthens morale could be a 
dangerous argument. We teach it 
because it's right, not because it 
encourages fortitude." 


TRENTON, N. J. (EP) — New Jersey's 
Gov. Richard J. Hughes has vetoed 
a bill that would have excluded 

from vaccinations and diptheria 
immunization school children 
whose parents held religious objec- 
tion to such health practices. 

"I am mindful of the rights of 
all our citizens to practice freely 
their religious beliefs," said Gov- 
ernor Hughes. "I have grave con- 
cern, however, over the potential 
impact that this legislation would 
have, if enacted, on the public 
health and welfare." 

Citing a number of cases involv- 
ing "importation of suspected 
smallpox cases," Mr. Hughes said 
it would be dangerous to the public 
health to exclude some children 
from immunization programs. 



of the religious affiliations of hold- 
over and incoming heads of states 
reveals that Methodists with eleven, 
and Reman Catholics with nine can 
claim the most governors in the U. 
S. in 1963. 

Baptists can claim eight gover- 
nors, and Episcopalians and Pres- 
byterians seven each. 

Three governors are members of 
the United Church of Christ (two 
of whom list their affiliations as 
"Congregational"), two are Mor- 
mons and one is a member of the 
Disciples of Christ. 

Rhode Island, the only state in 
the union which shows Catholics 
to be in the majority, has an 
Episcopalian as governor — and he 
defeated a Catholic in the election. 

The governors of the nation's 
newest states, Hawaii and Alaska, 
are Catholics. 

To the preacher life's a sermon, 
To the joker it's a jest; 
To the miser life is money, 
To the loafer Ufe is rest. 
To the lawyer life's a trial, 
To the poet life's a song; 
To the doctor life's a patient 
That needs treatment right along. 
To the soldier life's a battle. 
To the teacher life's a school. 
Life's a good thing to the grafter. 
It's a failure to the fool. 
To the man upon the engine 
Life's a long and heavy grade; 
It's a gamble to the gambler, 
To the merchant life is trade. 

Life's a picture to the artist, 
To the rascal life's a fraud; 
Life perhaps is but a burden 
To the man beneath the hod. 
Life is lovely to the lover. 
To the player life's a play; 
Life may be a load of trouble; 
To the man upon the dray. 
Life is but a long vacation 
To the man who loves his work; 
Life's an everlasting effort 
To shun duty, to the shirk. 
To the earnest Christian worker 
Life's a story ever new; 
Life is what we try to make it — 
Brother, what is life to you? 
— Evangelical Methodist Preacher. 

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The Brethren Evangelist 




A communication from Field 
Secretary, Roger Ingold, in- 
formed us that Robert Bischof 
was elected Chairman of the 
Mission at the 1963 Annual 
Conference of the Church of the 
Brethren Mission in Nigeria, 
West Africa. This means that 
Rev. Bischof, will be on the Field 
Committee and also will have the 
important responsibility of help- 
ing to nominate the coordinators 
and repi'esentatives who will 
serve during the year of 1964. 

Being chosen to this position 
of leadership by his fellow mis- 
sionaries, indicates the high es- 
teem and the appreciation which 
they have for him and for the 
work which he has done. 

We congratulate Bob and pray 
for grace and wisdom for him 

as he assumes this responsibil- 

The Bob Bischofs 

Bob, Bea, Barbara, Bobby 


On February 1st the Ken Solo- 
mons returned to Ashland to spend 
a few days resting at the Mis- 
sionary Home on Grant Street. The 
Solomons had just returned from 
the Indiana district where they 
had spent a hectic 14 days in depu- 
tation worlc. 

Ken reported that he and Jean- 
nette held 23 services in 14 days. 
The following churches were vis- 

North Liberty, Dutchtown, Coun- 
ty Line, Tiosa, Brighton Chapel, 
New Paris, Warsaw, Akron, Nap- 
panee, Burlington, Flora, Ardmore 
and North Manchester. 

A heart-warming experience for 
the Solomons was a visit to the 
Flora Home. Ken said, "Here are 
fine Christians who are thrilled to 
hear the story of the mission prr- 
gram. These dear people have dedi- 
cated their entire lives to the 
Brethren Church and its mission." 







Dr. and Mrs. Harold Barnett 
of Riverside Christian Training 
School, Lost Creek, Kentucky an- 
nounce the birth of a son. 

Born January 24, 1963 at Home- 
place Hospital, near Lost Creek. 

Name . . . Mark Joseph 

February 23, 1963 

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Church of the Brethren Mission 
Annual Conference 

January 10-14, 1963 


To Our Co-workers all over the 

To those who through the justice 
of our God, and Saviour Jesus 
Christ, share our faith and enjoy 
equal privilege with ourselves. 
Grace and peace be yours in full- 
est measure, through the knowl- 
edge of God and Jesus, our Lord. 
His divine power has bestowed on 
us everything that makes for life 
and true religion, enabling us to 
know the One who called us by 
His own splendour and might. 
Through this might and splendour 
He has given us His promises, great 
beyond price (II Peter l:l-4a). We 
thank God, whom we, like our 
forefathers, worship with a pure in- 
tention, when we mention you in 
our prayers; this we do constantly 
night and day (II Timothy 1:3). 

The Good News has been pro- 
claimed in 277 villages each week 
where 18,420 souls hear the news 
of a loving Saviour. This has re- 
sulted in 1,569 baptisms, 2,251 con- 
fessions, 3 new organized churches, 
4 new churches about to be or- 
ganized, 2 additional Nigerian man 
ordained to the Gospel ministry, 
and 2 ordained into the eldership. 

Hundreds of youth are being 
reached through the Boy's Brigade, 
Girl's Life Brigade, and Young 
Farmers Club. Missionary zeal of 
the Nigerian Church increases as 
the church pushes out into the un- 
touched areas. Christian growth is 
nurtured through leadership train- 
ing, Bible courses, and institutes. 
We rejoice that the first class at 
the Kulp Bible School was grad- 
uated. These young men have gone 
back to be leaders in their Chris- 
tian communities. 

The Nigerian Church is showing 
increased enthusiasm in coopera- 

tion with the Church in America 
on public health projects. Recently 
a work camp was held to build a 
road along the Hawal River to 
facilitate transportation of supplies 
needed for the control of the Simil- 
ium fly which carries River Blind- 
ness. Two Nigerians will work v/ith 
the two Brethren Service workers 
on this project. A Dispensers Train- 
ing Course will be held this year 
with candidates for this course be- 
ing selected by the Nigerian 
Church. The purpose of this course 
is to assist Christian communities 
to obtain medical help in their 
villages where there are no dis- 
pensaries. The wives of the dispen- 
sers are to be trained to improve 
maternity care and child welfare. 

There continues to be a great 
demand for education. Three 
schools were reopened, and two 
new schools opened in 1962. How- 
ever, lack of funds prevents us 
from further expansion in this 
area. This has become a great con- 
cern of the Christian communities 
who desire their children to be 
educated in Christian schools. 

In the field of Rural Develop- 
ment an expanded program of farm 
clubs is being studied. The pro- 
gram would establish farm clubs 
in local villages to teach improved 
methods of farming. 

We are thankful to God for the 
privilege of working in an inde- 
pendent and cooperative Nigeria. 

It is with great thankfulness and 
joy that we look back on what 
He has allowed to be accomplished. 
For the sick have been healed, the 
lame to walk, the blind to see, 
the leper made whole, the mes- 
sage proclaimed and seekers taught 
and baptized. 

But we look forward to the new 
year with greater enthusiasm and 

anticipation for He has promised, 
"He who has faith in me will do 
what I am doing, and he will do 
greater things still, because I am 
going to the Father. Indeed any- 
thing you ask in my name, I will 
do, so that the Father may be 
glorified in the Son. If you ask 
anything in my name I will do it" 
(John 14:12-14). 

In Christian Love, 

The Greetings Committee. 


You can imagine the delight of 
the office secretary in the Mis- 
sionary Board Office when, just 
three weeks after the last Ten Dol- 
lar Club Letter was mailed out, 
$3,032.00 had come in for Derby, 

Of course, we hope this is just a 
beginning and that many more 
weeks will bring a similarly high 
average. One of the very hearten- 
ing features in this response has 
been that a number of members 
are paying this call with inore than 
ten dollars. (May their tribe in- 
crease ! ) Naturally, if you can af- 
ford only ten dollars, we are grate- 
ful and appreciative as well for 
that amount; however, the $20, 25, 
and 50 dollar amounts do swell the 
total much more rapidly. It seems 
we are getting a real vision of 
home mission extension and devel- 
oping a proportionate enthusiasm. 

Confidentially, the office secre- 
tary meets the mailman at the 
door every day almost as violently 
as her neighbor's boxer, Buff, in 
her eagerness to receive more Ten 
Dollar Club contributions for Der- 
by, Kansas. 

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To THE 1963 Northern Cali- 
fornia Brethren Conference : 
greetings in the name of our Lord 
and Saviour, Jesus Christ. I come 
before you tonight as the Mod- 
erator of this District Conference 
to discuss the subject of "A Glo- 
rious Venture". In doing so, I 
would like to look at it in three 
ways. First, the glorious venture 
of Jesus Christ in coming into 
this world to save us from our 
sins; second, the glorious venture 
that each of us can have by claim- 
ing Christ as personal Lord and 
Saviour; and third, the glorious 
venture we are experiencing to- 
gether as we work for God in 
this district. 

We cannot say enough tonight, 
in the time allotted, about Jesus 
Christ and His glorious venture of 
coming to save us from sin. It 
takes a lifetime to fathom the 
depths of love involved in this ven- 
ture. We cannot understand the 
great love that made Him leave 
His heavenly glory for life on this 
earth. But we know that Jesus 
Christ, the only begotten Son of 
God, emptied Himself of all His 
heavenly glory and took upon Him- 
self the limitations of flesh and 
blood. He came into this world in 
the form of a little baby. He grow 
in the manner of humanity, such as 
we all have done. He lived among 
us, showing us the perfect life. 
And then He gave that perfect 
life as a sacrifice for sin. 

It is hard to understand the 
love that led Him to die on the 
cross. For Jesus actually suffered, 
and bled, and died a physical death 
to redeem the world from sin. He 
was taken from the cross and 
buried in a tomb. But this was not 

the end of His glorious venture. 
For on the third day, He rose from 
the dead, conquering forever sin 
and death and the grave as He 
had promised. To the amazement 
of friend and foe alike. He came 
back from the dead. He shared 
with His disciples forty days of 
resurrected life, and then from 
their presence. He ascended again 
into heaven. Paul put it clearly 
in Philippians 2:6-9. Jesus Christ, 
"Who, being in the form of God, 
thought it not robbery to be equal 
with God: But made himself of 
no reputation, and took upon him 
the form of a servant, and was 
made in the likeness of men: And 
being found in fashion as a man, 
he humbled himself, and became 
obedient unto death, even the 
death of the cross. Wherefore 
God also hath highly exalted 
him, and given him a name 
which is above every name..." 
Yes, this is the glorious venture 
of the Son of God. He who is now 
at the right hand of God making 
intercession for us. He who shall 
some day come to complete that 
venture by calling all believers to 
be with Him eternally. 

As we consider this venture, we 
realize that each of us can have 
a glorious venture of our own. The 
Scriptures say, "If thou shalt con- 
fess with thy mouth the Lord Je- 
sus, and shalt believe in thine 
heart that God hath raised him 
from the dead, thou shalt be 
saved." Rom. 10:9. Having done 
this we begin a new life, with Him 
as our guide. The theme of our 
denomination this year is "Living 
The Life". It suggests the glories 
of this venture that can be ours, 
individually, as we suppress self. 

believe in God, serve with Christ 
and life by faith. This venture of 
ours is at the guiding of God, 
through His Holy Spirit. It can 
lead us far from home or keep us 
at home. It can give us joy, as 
well as comfort in sorrow. It can 
shape us through trials to be drawn 
closer to God. It can lead us to 
become winners of souls for the 
kingdom. And it will lead us at 
last to an eternal home in the 
heavens. Each of us can share in 
such a glorious venture, if we so 
desire, by yielding our lives com- 
pletely to Him. 

But of concern to us tonight, 
is our glorious venture as we work 
together in this district. In the 
past several years we have seen 
God working among us in His own 
marvelous way. We have tasted of 
that which God can do for us and 
through us as we yield ourselves 
to Him. And this venture is far 
from over. Let us look first at 
what has been accomplished this 
past year, and then look at the 
work yet to be done. 

Our achievements in the past 
year have been many. Last Jan- 
uary, just as we began our Con- 
ference, we signed the final papers 
for the purchase of a three-acre 
site in the north part of Stockton. 
This was purchased for the re- 
location of the Stockton church. 
We followed the signing of these 
papers with the necessary cash 
payments. And on April 8th we 
gathered on that site for a Dedica- 
tion of the Land. At that time the 
deed to the property was presented 
to the district, and the land be- 
came ours. Other negotiations fol- 
lowed. The Conference gave au- 
thority for the borrowing of $12,- 

February 23, 1963 

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Presented at the Northern Cali- 
fornia Brethren Conference, Jan- 
uary 17, 1963. The Conference was 
held at the Lathrop Brethren 
Church, January 17-20. 

Rea Alum H. Grumbling, 


000 on a construction loan. This 
money was used in the building of 
a new parsonage on the three-acre 
site. In October, the Stockton pas- 
tor and his family moved into 
that parsonage. And on November 
4th we held a Dedication and Open 
House for the district. The new 
parsonage was built for about 
$11,000, yet it did not cost the 
Conference one cent. The Stock- 
ton church has pledged to repay 
this loan in full over a period of 
years. Work for building the par- 
sonage was supplied by various 
people in the district. But in the 
main, a large share of the credit 
belongs to the Stockton church and 
its members. It has been a job 
well done. It will serve many years 
of usefulness for the Stockton 

Last December, the Conference 
Secretary and Moderator were able 
to keep our property from becom- 
ing a part of an assessment dis- 
trict that is being formed around 
our property. This will mean a sav- 
ings of several thousands of dollars 
to the district in the near future. 
In other areas, the camp property 
was purchased by the Conference 
from the Brethren Berean Band 
and the Brethren Berean Band 
constitution and by-laws were re- 
vised to make it primarily a young 
people's organization within the 
district. As yet the Articles of In- 
corporation for the Bereans remain 
to be dissolved. But this is to be 
done during this year, thus com- 
pleting this action. 

In following the recommenda- 
tions and actions of last year's 
Conference we find that a Sun- 
day School Conference was held 
last May. This proved to be a big 

event for the district and proved 
beneficial in many ways. We note 
also that some preliminary work 
has been done toward the start of 
a preaching work in Camp Berea. 
Your Moderator feels that this is 
an opportunity that we dare not 
miss, and I urge that this work 
move along more rapidly. Also I 
would urge that the Mission Board 
continue working on plans for the 
establishing of a new Brethren 
church in a new area as recom- 
mended at the last Conference. If 
this work proceeds as it should, 
the district would be ready to put 
these plans into effect within four 

In the area of finances we can 
note some gains and a disappoint- 
ment. I am happy to say that as 
this Conference began today, the 
expenses of the Conference were 
cared for in advance. The three 
churches have each pledged funds 
to pay the bills for this Conference, 
as well as pledging funds for a dis- 
trict budget. We can also say that 
the final payment of our loan to 
the Brethren Home Missions Re- 
volving Fund is assured. This last 
payment is due on February 1st, 
and is our last financial obligation 
in the purchase of the church site. 
However, we must face the disap- 
pointing fact that our canvass of 
the district has not yet produced 
the $40,000 which we need for the 
Stockton work. This task remains 
to be completed. 

But we cannot dwell forever on 
the past. We must look forward 
to the future. And we must ac- 
complish the work before us to the 
glory of God. Within a matter of 
weeks we will be faced with the 
need of funds for the improvement 

of the Stockton church site. At 
the present time, plans are under- 
way to annex the entire Carson 
ranch to the city of Stockton. Our 
three-acre plot was a part of this 
ranch. We have already promised 
the city of Stockton that we would 
be ready for annexation whenever 
the rest of this area is annexed. 
And when the annexation is com- 
pleted, we will have to put in our 
part of the property improvements 
— street, sidewalk, curb and gutter. 
All of this must be done, and done 
soon. It is estimated that this will 
cost us between $4,000 and $4,500. 
This amount will come out of the 
District Project funds. The $40,000 
we are trying to raise was intended 
to cover these improvements. And 
this is just another reason as to 
why we need the full $40,000 for 
our District Project. 

Beyond the property improve- 
ments, we must somehow build the 
new Stockton church as soon as 
possible. As just said, the area 
around the church site will soon 
be annexed to the city of Stockton. 
Along with this, plans are almost 
completed by a construction firm 
to begin building two-story apart- 
ment houses to the south and to 
the west of our plot. It is planned 
that work on this should begin this 
spring. And surely we do not want 
our land to sit vacant while the 
area is building up around us. Also 
it should be pointed out that the 
area northeast of our site is about 
to open for development. This is 
only about one half mile from our 
land. And plans have been an- 
nounced to build a new public 
school in this new area. It is also 
possible that a new church will 
go in close to the proposed new 

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school. Then add to this the fact 
that unless work has started on 
the new Stockton church by the 
first Monday in March, we will have 
to pay another $200 in taxes for 
the land. And this will happen 
every year the land lies vacant. 
Thus it becomes important that 
the new Stockton church be built 
as soon as possible. 

In order to begin work on the 
new church, it seems to me that 
our District Project must meet its 
goal of $40,000 over a three-year 
period. We cannot do the job for 
less. Also we must see what other 
sources are available to us in com- 
pleting this job. The pastor of the 
Stockton church, in his efforts to 
see the new church built, has come 
up with a sum of $10,000 that is 
offered to the District in the form 
of a loan. This matter will be com- 
ing up later in our Conference, 
and I will let it in his hands to 
be presented to you. However, we 
must remember that this is our 
job as a district. This was pro- 
posed and accepted as a District 
Project. The District Conference 
holds title to the land and is legally 
responsible for the land and its 
development. We cannot shirk our 

Last year the matter of a dis- 
trict budget was recommended to 
the Conference. The past year has 
seen some developments on the 
matter. The pastors and modera- 
tors of the three churches met to 
discuss the matter. Some solid sug- 

gestions were made. Then the 
Board of Directors took up the 
suggestions and formulated a bud- 
get for the year. This proposed 
budget was in turn presented to 
the local churches for action. All 
three churches have approved the 
procedure for a district budget, and 
all three churches have voted some 
funds for this budget in the year 
ahead. I am happy to report that 
when the Board of Directors felt 
the need of $1,500 for the year in 
the budget, the churches responded 
by pledging $1,300 toward the bud- 
get. I think that this is a wonder- 
ful start for our budget. Surely 
God is working among us. This 
budget will be presented to the 
Conference on Saturday for your 
action. I hereby recommend (1) 
that this Conference adopt the dis- 
trict budget for the year. I feel 
that the budget will be beneficial 
to the district by more closely co- 
ordinating the work of the various 
boards, and beneficial to the local 
churches by enlarging the scope 
of the local work and the local 

Remember that once this budget 
is adopted and put into operati(5n, 
all of the district boards, except 
one, will have to operate within the 
budget. There will be no calls dur- 
ing the year for money for indi- 
vidual board projects within the 
district. The one exception to this 
is the District Mission Board which 
is already seeking pledges over a 
three-year period for the district 

project. But even here, it is in- 
tended that as soon as possible the 
District Mission Board will come 
under the budget. 

With the coming of a district 
budget, your Moderator feels that 
the local churches have an excel- 
lent opportunity to stress Tithing 
more strongly. For under the dis- 
trict budget, money which for- 
merly went directly into the dis- 
trict boards, will go directly into 
the local church treasury. And 
from there it will be distributed 
to the district. This eliminates 
some of our outside calls for church 
money. It can help make the local 
church stronger. But we dare not 
cut down on our giving just be- 
cause there are less calls for 
money. We must continue to give 
as much as we have in the past, 
but putting it all through the lo- 
cal church treasury now. Thus I 
recommend (2) that each local 
church take this opportunity to 
stress the principles of Tithing in 
the year ahead, remembering such 
Scriptures as Malachi 3:10. 

Next I would like to turn to our 
camping program. Your Moderator 
has long felt that the camping 
program is vital to our church. 
And he has desired to see this pro- 
gram develop more fully. In past 
years we have heard the complaint 
that while we have a 30-acre camp 
ground, we only use it once a year. 
This has been a complaint among 
our own people as well as a com- 
plaint of the county tax assessor. 
Thus last year a move was made 
to enlarge our camping program 
by dividing the campers and hav- 
ing two weeks of camp. This has 
proved beneficial to us, and this 
year the Berean Executive Com- 
mittee has set another two week 
camp. Your Moderator does not 
wish to push the issue, but he does 
feel that our camping program 
can be further enlarged, thus 
bringing more benefits to our dis- 
trict. Thus I recommend (3) that 
the Berean Executive Committee 
and the Berean Trustees Board 
study the possibilities of a three- 
week camp for sometime in the 
near future. Some of the benefits 
we could enjoy are (1) more use 
of our camp property by the en- 
tire district, (2) enlisting the help 
of more adults in the camping pro- 
gram, (3) opportunities of train- 
ing for service for more older high 
school and college age young people 

February 23, 1963 

Page Fifteen 

in the district, (4) a reaching out 
by the church into new homes 
through more young people at- 
tending our camps, and (5) better 
financial support for our camp. 
Such things have been done in 
other situations. We have seen some 
of these benefits in our own situa- 
tion in the past year. So, why should 
we limit ourselves in such benefits? 

Further than this, I would like to 
see the camp grounds used in other 
ways by the district. Some sugges- 
tions that have already been 
made are: (1) a winter camp dur- 
ing Christmas vacation, (2) a 
spring camp during Easter vaca- 
tion, and (3) a Labor Day week- 
end camp. The idea behind these 
suggestions being a further and 
better use of our camp property. 
Therefore, I recommend (4) that 
the Berean Executive Committee 
and the Berean Trustees Board 
study the possibilities of further 
beneficial use of our camp grounds 
by the district. 

Next I would like to sound a note 
of warning well in advance. On 
May 20, 1919 the Northern Cali- 
fornia Brethren Conference was in- 
corporated in the State of Cali- 
fornia. But the incorporation was 
only for a period of 50 years. Thus 
in 1969 the incorporation of the 

district will expire, unless some- 
thing is done about it. We cannot 
let this happen, otherwise we will 
lose many of the things we have 
gained in the past. Thus I recom- 
mend (5) that the new Board of 
Directors check into the matter 
of extending the incorporation of 
the Northern California Brethren 
Conference beyond the original 50- 
year period. A report on this mat- 
ter should be brought back to the 
1964 Conference. 

Finally, I would be stopping short 
if I did not talk about this glo- 
rious venture without talking about 
the winning of souls for the king- 
dom of God. This is the most im- 
portant job that we have to do. 
For if we do not win others for 
Christ, who will? All of the things 
we have done in the past led to 
the winning of souls. We are not 
doing this simply to count num- 
bers or to make our churches 
larger. We must be concerned with 
men's souls. And we must seek to 
win them for Christ while there is 
still time. This glorious venture can 
bring us unmatched joy when it 
results in souls won for eternity. 
There is nothing that can match 
such joy, for we read in Luke 
15:10, "There is joy in the presence 
of the angels of God, over one 

sinner that repenteth." Brethren, 
I recommend (6) that every effort 
be put forth, individually and col- 
lectively, to win souls for God and 
His kingdom. 

Summing up, we note that all 
three ventures become one glo- 
rious venture. For as Christ came 
to save us, we must do His will 
in our own lives and as we work 
together. We must give of our- 
selves and of all that we have to 
work for His cause before this 
glorious venture comes to a close. 
We stop to praise God for what 
He has done for us and through us 
in the past year. And we ask His 
continued guidance for the work 
ahead. We remember again His 
words, "I am come that they 
might have life, and that 
they might have it more abun- 
dantly." John 10:10. And again, 
"Occupy til I come." Luke 19:13. 
Thus we work and look forward to 
the day when this glorious venture 
shall end; to the day when the 
heavens shall open and we shall 
all be with Jesus Christ forever; 
to the day when we shall share in 
the most rewarding ending of any 
venture — eternal life in the new 
heaven with the triune God, Fa- 
ther, Son and Holy Spirit. "Even 
so, come. Lord Jesus." 

A SPLENDID young woman said 
to me: "Some day I'd like for 
my husband to be a Deacon." Well, 
the highest honor a layman can 
ever receive is to be elected as a 
Deacon by his church. But a man 
must pay a price for this honor. 
There are certain requirements 
which he must meet. For the bene- 
fit of our young men who aspire 
to this high office, we list these 

1. He should MEASURE up to the 
requirements given in I Tim- 
othy 3:8-13. 

2. He should LIVE a consecrated 
Christian life, bringing no re- 
proach by his conduct upon 
the church or the causes of 

3. He should ATTEND church ev- 
ery Sunday morning and Sun- 
night, every Wednesday night, 
and all special church meet- 
ings, unless hindered by some 
reason which is approved by 
a good conscience. 

4. He should BE ACTIVE in the 
Sunday School exemplifying 
his Christianity by his service 
and his witness. 

5. He should BE A TITHER, 
bringing his tithe systemati- 
cally to the church for the 
Lord's work. 

6. He should BE FULLY CO- 
OPERATIVE with the pastor 
and the church in a great spir- 
itual program of advancement. 

AND MISSIONARY in spirit. 

deeply interested in the salva- 
tion of souls at home and 

8. He should BE A MAN WHO 
TIVE CRITICISM of his pastor 
and his church, willing to settle 
all difficulties in a quiet and 
Christian manner, without 
hurting the cause of Christ 
or His church. 

9. He should BE ABLE TO KEEP 
IN SECRECY those things 
which should not be discussed 
with others. 

10. He should be a man about 
whom people say, "He is a good 
Christian man". 

— From Moultrie, Ga. 
"First Baptist Bulletin" 
via John T. Byler's 
parish paper. 

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The Brethren Evangelist 



W. M. S. 



Thursday is the day set aside 
by all missionary societies for a 
United Day of Prayer. Women in 
every village and city and hamlet 
are urged to get together and pray 
for the work of the women's so- 
cieties all over the world in all 


* * * 

Since last Spring we have been 
selling a self-heating sad iron and 
the profits from that are very 
pleasing. We have our annual Eas- 
ter sales of bonnets, aprons and 
pastry. Last Spring we cleared more 

than $30 at our sale. 

^- * * 

There is being sent by the State 
Work of Ohio a package of helps 
to all societies who do not have 
them. This package contains one 
dozen of our mite boxes, duties 
of officers and committees and a 
copy of the new constitution. Get 
acquainted with the new constitu- 
tion, give the duties of committees 
to the chairman of these respec- 
tive committees and if you do not 
have those committees, create 
them. The mite boxes are to be used 
for your home work. The plan is to 
place therein offerings for special 
blessings and open all boxes at 
Thanksgiving season, 

* * ^; 

ROANN, INDIANA. Mother's Day 
an interesting program was given 
in the evening by the sisters. I am 
certain such days will be bright 
stars in our memory because of 
sacred memories of mother and 
the noble work done by the women 

of the Brethren church. Let us 
work and pray that the work of 
the next twenty-five years may be 
still greater because of larger work 
done by the women. 

* ^: * 

we will do charity work by help- 
ing a tired mother who has sewing 
to do and has the care of an in- 
valid child. May we ever be willing 
to lend a helping hand. 

* * * 

COLUMBUS, OHIO. We want to 
have a few words in your columns 
from our society in Columbus. We 
appreciate everything you are do- 
ing for the mission here. Our so- 
ciety meets Thursday afternoon of 
each week for work. At these meet- 
ings we have Bible reading and 

feature was a pleasing part of the 
afternoon service at the rally. A 
conundrum was distributed to each 
individual. According to numbers 
the crowd gathered in four groups 
and the group first answering its 
list was first served with delicious 
refreshments. After all had been 
served, the mite boxes were opened. 

4: Ht Hi 

to you with a few words of greet- 
ing, and I write them with mingled 
feelings of sadness and joy — sorrow 
that I am so far separated from 
you all by distance that I can 
not meet with you to enjoy your 
personal presence, to see you face 
to face and talk with you heart 

to heart — but joy that I can keep 
in touch with you and the work 
through our dear Evangelist and 

the Woman's Outlook. 

^ ^ ^ 

of Mongo, Indiana decided to build 
a hospital at his home for the 
benefit of the people of Northern 
Indiana. Many of his friends were 
so well pleased with the idea of 
such an institution in Northern 
Indiana that they wanted to help 
to furnish it. A few of the mem- 
bers of our society thought it would 
be a splendid endeavor for us to 
furnish one room. The doctor 
thought it a good idea, and stated 
that any time we wished to dis- 
continue the support, we could do 
so, and keep all our furniture and 
furnishings. In case any member 
of the society or their immediate 
family, occupy the room there is 
a reduction in price. Two members 
of our committee had been in hos- 
pitals in Chicago, Ft. Wayne, and 
Buffalo, and had some idea of 
what were the most necessary ar- 
ticles. The room has been visited 
by a number of patients, and I am 
sorry to say that four of them 

// the above sounded a little 
strange to you it is because we had 
no news from you this month so 
gleaned our material from the 
"Workers Exchange" page of the 
1913 Wo7na7i's Outlook. Send all 
neius items to Mrs. Charles Munson, 
616 Park St., Ashland, Ohio. 

Aida May Munson. 

February 23, 1963 

Page Seventeen 

were from our own church and so- 

* jj: >:= 

HELPS FOR Program Commit- 
tees of the Sisters' Society Chris- 
tian Endeavor. One requisite of an 
ideal devotional meeting is a suit- 

able place. Whether it be a church 
parlor, a Sunday school room or 
a private home. Screen off a small 
portion of the church. Do not at- 
tempt to scatter a few women over 
the entire auditorium. Use chairs 
and form a circle, or a double 

circle. Place charts and maps upon 
the walls, pictures and anything 
that will lend interest to the meet- 
ing. "An ounce of picture is worth 
a ton of talk." Allow a bunch of 
flowers to carry their message of 

Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 

C. Y. Gilmer 


Life is offered unto you, Hallelujah! 

Eternal life your soul shall have 
If you'll only look to Him, Hallelujah! 

Look to Jesus, who alone can save. 
"Look and live," my brother, live. 

Look to Jesus now and live. 
'Tis recorded in His Word, Hallelujah! 

It is only that you "look and live." 

— W. A. Ogden. 

work of Christ for us may be seen in Num- 
bers 21:5-9 (Jn. 3:15). The Lord had just given vic- 
tory unto Israel over Arad the Canaanite (Num. 
21:1-3). Instead of giving thanks unto God for this 
and other blessings the people had become "weary 
in well doing" (v. 4). They were bent on murmuring 
against God and God's undershepherd, Moses, which 
was a very grievous sin (v. 5). The "wages of sin" 
came upon them in the plague of the fiery serpents 
(V. 6). Realizing that God had sent judgment upon 
them for their sin the people came to Moses to en- 
treat him to make intercession for them before God 
(V. 7) . In answer to this intercession God commanded 
Moses to make and to erect on a pole in the midst 
of the camp a brazen serpent, with the promise that 
all stricken ones who beheld this serpent would live 
(v. 8) . Thus a way of escape from death was pro- 
vided (v. 9) . 

Sin, committed by saint or sinner, brings death 
(Ezek. 18:20). The wails and tears of Egypt after 
the passing of the death angel through the land were 
no greater than here (Gal. 6:7, 8a). But sinners need 
not die in sin, marked out for judgment and ap- 
pointed to wrath (Isa. 45:22). Why did God com- 
mand Moses to make a serpent instead of an image 
of a lamb, bullock or dove (Rom. 8:3)? The way 
of deliverance must be made "like unto the source 
of death" (Heb. 2:17). Christ is the sin offering for 
every believer (1 Cor. 5:7). Just as every Israelite 
brought his sin-offering for himself, and identified 
himself with his sacrifice by laying his hands upon 
the head of the bullock, and every offerer killed his 
own bullock (Lev. 4:29), so we, individually and 

collectively, find that our sins have crucified the 
Lord of glory (Acts 2:23, 24). The bullock became 
the sin of the offerer and was subjected to the fires 
of the altar (Lev. 4:31), and the fires of judgment 
were burned out against the sacrifice (2 Cor. 5:21). 
Jesus was willing to receive a body (Heb. 10:5) in 
order to suffer the fires of God's wrath and judgment 
against our sins in our stead (Heb. 2:9, 14-16). 

It was the brazen altar, which speaks of Calvary, 
on which all the sacrifices were slain and offered 
to God for the sins of the people (Exod. 27:1, 2). 
The laver was of highly polished brass, which as a 
mirror speaks of self-judgment (Exod. 30:18). Once 
the priest was past the laver there was no more 
brass, which speaks of judgment, but the gold of di- 
vine communion (Exod. 25:11, 17, 31). The brazen 
serpent in the wilderness declared a substitute for 
sin in judgment (Rom. 8:1). Thus the worshiper 
today meets God at the cross where the substitution- 
ary work of Christ avails to make him "free from 
the law of sin and death" (Rom. 8:2, 3). 

It is not by intricate worship and involved religion 
that we are saved (2 Kgs. 5:10-14). We are not saved 
by looking to self (Isa. 64:6; Rom. 7:18). We are not 
saved by the church, but by the Saviour (Jn. 14:6) ! 
Look to Jesus in simple faith, godly sorrow for sin, 
and simple obedience to His Word (Acts 2:36-40). 

"If you from sin are longing to be free, 

Look to the Lamb of God; 
He, to redeem you, died on Calvary, 

Look to the Lamb of God." 

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Jrs. At New Paris 

The Jr. B. Y. C. have been quite 
busy. We have been seUing napkins 
and we sold refreshments at a pub- 
lic sale and made a nice profit 
from this. 

Our officers for this year are; 

President Douglas Smoker 

Vice President Phil Hollar 

Treasurer Bob Hollar 

Secretary Brenda Steele 

We have had several parties dur- 
ing the past three months. We 
had a hayride; in November we 
met in the home of one of our 
members for a party. We went car- 
oling in December and returned to 
the church for a chili supper. This 
was a joint meeting with the Sr. 
B. Y. 

We have an average attendance 
of nine at our meetings. 

— Mr. & Mrs. Dale Hollar, 


. . .the Peace Poster Contest! No 
age limit. Just send your applica- 
tion to National B. Y. Office. 

First Prize $25.00 

Second Prize 15.00 

Third Prize 10.00 

Sponsored by Peace Committee 
and National Brethren Youth 

Maurertown Checks In 

The Maurertown B. Y. C. is on 
the way to raising our project 
money. So far we have had a pub- 
Uc service, started a B. Y. C. Boost- 
er Club and sold Christmas nap- 
kins and placemats. We have more 
Ideas to do in the future. 

Our youth went to the nursing 
home and read the Bible and wrote 
letters for those unable. They were 
so glad we came, they tried to 
pay us. 

Recently we went bowling and 
will have a skating party in the 
near future. 

The Maurertown Brethren 
Church is learning to rely on us 
more by allowing us to take part 
in the evening church services and 
by placing us on some of the 
church committees. 

We wish everyone good luck on 
their project goal. Raise the $8,000! 
— Freddie Finks. 

Pictured here are members of 
the Brighton, Indiana youth group. 
In the back row from left to right 
are Bruce Long, Lindel Burkey Jr. 
and Rev. Curtright, sponsor. The 
six girls in front of the fellows are 
from left to right Carolyn Wire, 
Mary Lee Burkey, Karen Grove, 
Beverly Grove and Grade Curt- 

The group met for a party in the 
home of Lindel Burkey. There was 
a period of devotions, a time for 
playing games and refreshments 
of ice cream, cake and cookies 
rounded out the evening. 

It is our prayer here at Brighton 
that the Lord may use the youth 
of our land in a more dedicated 
and useful service for Him in the 
year that is ahead of us. 
— Rev. A. O. Curtright, sponsor. 

February 23, 1963 

Page Nineteen 

Nappanee Kids Carol 

The Junior BYC of Nappanee 
had a wonderful time caroling on 
a cold, snowy, winter night. We 
kids all decided that we wanted to 
walk instead of ride in cars — 
"Who ever heard of going caroling 
in cars?" 

After about an hour of caroling, 
we went back to the church and 
played some fun games. We also 
had hot chocolate and cookies. 

There were 16 BYCers present. 
We really had fun! Pictured above 
are some of us who had all the fun. 


January 13th brought a cold, 
cold day but hearts were warm as 
young people gathered at the Ard- 
more, Indiana Brethren Church 
for their Youth Rally. 

The rally started with some 
hearty singing led by Rev. George 
Phillips, Youth for Christ Director 
of St. Joseph County, and Mrs. 
John Albert was pianist. 

Charles Vandermark played a 
violin solo and then National B. Y. 
C. President, Russell Gordon, 
brought greetings to the rally. 
Grace Shidler and Nancy Nether- 
ton presented a vocal duet. 

Dennis Kring introduced the 
speaker who was Rev. Phillips. His 

message was taken from Romans 
12:1, 2. A closing hymn and in- 
vitation concluded the devotional 
part of the rally. 

After a brief intermission the 
business session was led by Phil 
Gentle of the Goshen Church. The 
main topic of discussion was the 
procedure for determining who 
would be awarded the banner at 
the district rallies. After a great 
deal of discussion, it was decided 
to follow the suggestion in the 
new Brethren Youth Handbook of 
Procedure which is as follows: 

1. In September of every year 
a list of active members for 
each local youth group is 
turned in. 

2. Points are awarded at the ral- 
lies for: 

a. percentage of group there 
only two advisors — e.g. — 
85% there = 85 points 

b. one point for every five 

c. one point for every ten 
miles traveled. 

Barhara Basham and Debbie 
Woods presented a clarinet duet 
and the entire group engaged in 
singing with Rev. Phillips directing. 
Awarding of the banner preceeded 
the prayer of blessing on the eve- 
ning meal. 

The Ardmore hosts introduced 
something new in rally procedure 
that Mr. Gordon tells us was quite 
successful. The entire afternoon 
was filled with activity as the pro- 
gram moved right along. No long 
periods of wasting time were pres- 
ent with the compact program. Af- 
ter the evening meal, the young 
people were free to go immediately 
to their own local church to in- 
spire them with their presence. 
Those who wished were invited to 
remain at Ardmore for their eve- 
ning service and to participate 
through testimony, song or pres- 

Very often God's time is wasted. 
National Brethren Youth would 
recommend that we do plan our 
time carefully, making the good 
use of it that God intended. 

And soon the young people were 
out in the cold, cold north again 
trying to start their cars and re- 
turn home. 

Meet- Your Sponsors 

NAME: Mr. & Mrs. Carl Watts 

CHURCH: Peru, Indiana 

SPONSORS OF: Jr. High Group for 
one year 


NAMES AND AGES: Janey— 15 
Judy —13 
Jerri — 10 
Joe — 5 
Jim — 4 

GROUP: We had a "This Is Your 
Life" play in December as a 
Christmas play with both young- 
er and older youth groups par- 
ticipating, conducted by Janey 










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I. Christian faitli is trust in Christ as our Lord 
and Savior which makes us partalcers of His 
life and His benefits. 

A. John 6:47 

B. Galatians 2:20 

II. A Icnowledge of God and of Christ, a belief in 
His word, and a hearty confidence in His mercy 
belong to true faith. 

A. Knowledge 

1. Hebrews 11:6 

2. John 17:3 

3. John 6:69 

4. II Timothy 1:12 

B. Belief 

1. Acts 24:14 

2. I Thessalonians 2:13 

C. Confidence and trust 

1. Hebrews 11:1 

2. Hebrews 10:22 

III. The object of faith is the triune God and His 
Holy Word, especially the gospel of Christ. 

A. Mark 1:15 

B. Acts 16:31 

C. John 3:16, 36; 6:47 

D. I John 5:10 

IV. The Holy Spirit works faith in us. 

A. I Corinthians 12:3 

B. Galatians 5:22 

C. Matthew 16:17 

D. John 15:26 

E. II Corinthians 3:5 

V. The Holy Spirit works faith by means of grace, 

especially the preaching of the gospel and 
study of God's Word. 

A. Romans 10:17 

B. John 17:20 

C. I Peter 1:23 

D. James 1:18 

VI. Faith justifies and saves. 

A. Romans 10:10 

B. Mark 16:16 

C. Ephesians 2:8-9 

D. Acts 16:31 

E. Acts 15:11 

VII. Jesus Christ is the only ground of our salva- 


A. Acts 4:12 

B. Acts 15:11 

C. Ephesians 2:8-9 

D. I Timothy 2:5-6 

VIII. Faith is the condition of salvation, because 
it accepts and appropriates Jesus Christ and 
His merits to our personal benefit. 

A. John 6:47 

B. Hebrews 11:6 

IX. Justifying and saving faith must be living and 
must bring forth good works. 

A. Matthew 7:17, 20 

B. Galatians 5:6 

X. There is a dead faith. 

A. I Corinthians 13:2 

B. James 2:19, 20, 26 

XI. We should openly confess Christ before men 

and never be ashamed of Him. 

A. Matthew 10:32-33 

B. Romans 10:10 

C. Romans 1:16 



James E. Norris 

THE STORY OF "David, The Shepherd" is a good 
example of how God chooses His servants to 
carry out His will. It is a good story for boys, too, 
because sometimes boys feel they don't mean much 
in the way things go. So we must remember as boys, 
that God has great things in store for us. We do not 
know what His plans are, but we do know He wants 
good boys. 

King Saul had been chosen as Israel's first King. 
He disobeyed God's will and was rejected as king. But 

February 23, 19G3 

Page Twenty-one 

God let him be king a while longer. Even then, 
David, the shepherd boy, was tending his father's 
sheep. He did not have many bad habits; I guess he 
had some, for all boys do. But he tried to live a pretty 
decent life. We do not know anything about his 
mother, but he must have had a good mother. We 
do know he had a good father and that David, 
the shepherd boy, played a lot on his harp. He must 
have practiced a lot, for we learn later that other 
people knew he could play well. Many times he 
would sit and make up little poems and sing the 
words to the music of his harp. He always remembered 
to praise God for His wonderful blessings. Some of 
the poems he made up are now known as Shepherd 

God was watching the shepherd boy, David, very 
closely for he knew that some day he would have to 
replace Saul with one who had training in His ways; 
with skill and ability. David also had a loving heart, 
so God told the prophet Samuel to go down to Beth- 
lehem in Judah and there find a man of Jesse, "For 
I have provided me a king among his sons." I Sam- 
uel 16:1. 

The prophet Samuel went down to Jesse, and called 
his sons before him. Although Jesse and his sons 
didn't know what Samuel was up to, they obeyed 
because Samuel was a prophet of God. 

Samuel looked these sons over. He had a cruse of 
oil in his hand. The eldest son came first. Samuel 
thought, "This is he," but God said, "No." God said 
to Samuel, "Look not on his countenance, or on the 
height of his stature; because I have refused him: 
for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh 
on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on 
the heart." Verse 7. 

Well, he called all of Jesse's boys up and then asked 
him if these were all the boys he had. Jesse said, 
"There is one out tending the sheep." Samuel said, 
"Send and fetch him, for we will not sit down till 
he come hither." After a while the shepherd boy, 
David, came. God told Samuel, "Arise, Anoint him: 
for this is he." No one knew what Samuel was anoint- 
ing him for. Perhaps they thought he was going to 
be a prophet like Samuel. When he was anointed, 
"The spirit of the Lord came upon David from that 
day forward." "He began to show signs of coming 
greatness. He grew up strong and brave; not afraid 
of the wild beasts that prowled around and tried 
to carry away his sheep. More than once he fought 
with lions and bears and killed them when they 
seized lambs of his flock. David, alone all day, prac- 
ticed throwing stones in a sling until he could strike 
exactly the place for which he aimed." (Hurlbuts) . 
As young as he was he thought of God and prayed 
to God. 

David learned to play the harp well and when 
Saul was distressed, David was asked to play for him. 
The beautiful music he played so comforted Saul 
that Saul asked Jesse to let David live at his house, 
and he made him his armorbearer. David went back 
home often to look after his father's sheep. That 
is where he had been when that giant, Goliath of 
Gath, came out and defied the army of Israel. Every 
Brotherhood boy knows the story of David and Go- 
liath, but does every boy realize that David put his 

trust in God? He had faith to believe the Lord would 
protect him against the giant. 

The story of David, the shepherd, shows us that the 
Lord picks boys and trains them to do His will. He 
has something for each one of us to do. He will show 
you what it is when the time comes. 

So let's be prepared when He calls. 


The Second Brethren Church of Johnstown has 
organized a Boys' Brotherhood. It began in Septem- 
ber and we have had an average attendance of seven 
boys and two advisors. Our officers are as follows: 
President — Dennis Boyer 
Vice President — Jim Markley 
Secretary — Ron Kaufman 
Ass't. Secretary — Barry Markley 
Treasurer — Carl Kook 
Ass't. Treasurer — Terry Bell 
Advisors — Jim Miller 
A. J. Boyer 
Our programs have been led by the laymen of the 
church. After our program we have a craft period 
and recreation. 

Ron Kaufman, 


We have organized our Boys' Brotherhood at Gratis, 
and have had five meetings. We meet on the second 
Sunday evening of every month, at the homes of the 
boys. This is a junior group. 

Goal No. 8 requires two news reports for The Breth- 
ren Evangelist, so this will be our first one. We have 
purchased the two books mentioned in Goal No. 2 
for the boys to read. We have met Goal No. 5, and 
are working on others now. 

Our advisors have been helping us with our meet- 
ings such as planning, organizing, and guiding. They 
are Clyde Focht, Wallace Michael, and Virgil Barn- 

We have ten members and are averaging seven 
per meeting plus three advisors. We have our meet- 
ings divided into three sections. First, the devotional 
period; next, the business meeting; and last, the 
recreation. At each meeting we have been memorizing 
a verse, adding a new one each time. We also have 
been learning the correct way to conduct a business 

Our officers are President — Wade Michael, Vice 
President — Larry Kiracofe, Secretary — Mickey Brown, 
and Treasurer — Jerry Focht. 

David Barnhart, 
News Reporter. 

There is no right way to do a wrong thing. 

Pag;e Twenty-two 

The Brethren Evangelist 


by Kenneth W. Sollitt 

A certain man and woman fell deeply in love and 
were married. Each night they would sit together on 
the davenport and watch television, becoming deeply 
involved in the loves and hates of the TV actors. 
They went to football games and often became very 
excited. And when they read in the paper that a cer- 
tain emotion-packed extravaganza was coming to 
the local drive-in, they, of course, went to see it. 

They were sensitive and cultured people, who 
thrilled at a symphony, stood in awe before great 
art, and wept copiously over great novels. They felt 
deeply about political matters and shared their feel- 
ings freely with others. They were even capable of 
indignation and anger — especially when their min- 
ister suggested that they might bring some of their 
emotional enthusiasm to church. "Emotion in a church 
service? Sir, how dare you!" 

One day as they sat stiffly in their pews singing, 
"My Jesus, I Love Thee," with all the glad exuberance 

of a small boy sent to wash his neck, and listened 
to a scholarly lecture on the unpardonable sin, which 
the minister pointed out meant continually resisting 
the Holy Spirit, our hero fell asleep. 

He dreamed that as he sat there daring the min- 
ister to get under his skin and defying the Spirit 
of God to move him, the congregation decided that 
anyone to whom emotion had been the essence of 
life, and who no longer felt anything, must be dead. 
So they called the coroner, whose judgment was 
"death from spiritual paralysis." And they took our 
hero out and buried him, and placed at his head a 
stone on which was inscribed, "He died and never 
knew it, for he was a Christian with the nerve killed." 

And it came to pass on the Great Day of the Lord, 
he heard a voice say, "Enter into the joy of thy Lord." 
But he said, "No, joy is an emotion. It's against my 
religion. I'll go to hell first." And he did. 


A "Sermon To the Pews," was 
published by a syndicate of papers. 
It is not unusual for a man to 
preach to empty pews, but he 
usually pretends that the pews 
have occupants. 

The sermon is a good one. He told 
the pews precisely what he thought 
of them, dwelling upon their vir- 
tues and their faults. Among the 
former was the fact that they were 
always present, no matter what 
the weather was; they did not 
gallivant around to other churches, 
seeking amusement or a chance to 
get off by themselves. They also 
behaved well, never slept, whis- 
pered, giggled nor looked about, and 
they never found fault with the 
sermon. They never got mad and 
stayed away when they were hit. 

In some things, however, they 
were blameworthy. They were un- 
sympathetic. They showed no feel- 
ing, there was no sign of improve- 
ment in them, they did not "grow 
in grace." They were also inactive. 
They never spoke to strangers, 
they never paid nor prayed. In fact, 
their cold, stiff, emptiness was an 
invitation to people to stay away. 
Their need was that somebody 
should "sit on them." As a whole, 
the preacher placed them .above 
the people who semi-occasionally 
occupied them. 

One thing the preacher especially 
commended was that these empty 

seats all came right up to one 
front, whereas those that were oc- 
cupied were liable to stay in the 
rear or get over in some corner. 
The United Presbyterian. 


Jimmie was a sailor lad, and as 
true a Christian as ever lived. The 
sailors taunted him, laughed at 
him, and tried hard to persuade 
him to engage in their wicked 
sports; but Jimmie remained stead- 
fast and true to God. Over and over 
he had tried to persuade his berth- 
mate, Mark, to give up his wicked 
life and become a Christian, but it 
seemed all in vain. 

One night a terrible storm arose 
and it was soon known that the 
boat would go to the bottom. The 
little lifeboats were lowered, and 
one by one they carried all the 
passengers to the shore. There were 
now but a few moments before the 
boat would sink, and the crew was 
still to be saved. It was soon seen 
that to save the whole crew would 
be utterly impossible, for the boat 
was already sinking. Hastily lots 
were cast, and the fortunate few 
stood waiting their turn to be low- 
ered into the lifeboats. By their 
sides stood their doomed sailor 
friends. Jimmie was in the life 
line, all ready to step down into 
the little boat; Mark stood in the 

death line at his side. Farewells 
had been exchanged. Then sud- 
denly, without warning, Jimmie 
seized his friend, hastily drew him 
into his own place, and he himself 
stepped into the fated line. Before 
any remonstrance could be made, 
Mark had safely been lowered, and 
looking back, saw Jimmie go down 
to his grave, calling a last brave 

Mark knew that Jimmie had 
given his life for him for the sake 
of bringing him to Jesus whom 
he loved, and he showed his grati- 
tude by accepting Jimmie's Saviour. 
When appealed to, to go with the 
boys into places of wickedness, his 
answer always was, "I can't do it, 
boys; two died for me, Jimmie's 
Jesus, and Jimmie." 

— Evangelical Herald. 


HONG KONG (EP) — Uganda has 
changed its national anthem to 
include the name of God. 

The first line of the anthem now 
reads: "O Uganda, may God up- 
hold thee." It replaces: "O Uganda, 
thy people praise thee." 

Uganda, a British protectorate 
since 1894, became independent last 
October. The nation's population 
of 6,500,000 includes Catholics, 30 
per cent; Protestants, 25 per cent; 
and Moslems, 5 per cent. 

February 23, 1963 

Page Twenty-three 


Mrs. Rua Ronk 

ANY MEMBER of the Sister- 
hood can turn to the Confer- 
ence report in the October 1925 
issue, and read there that a 
pageant, "Spirit of Sisterhood" 
written by Mrs. G. T. Ronk, was 
presented on Saturday afternoon 
by the Warsaw S. M. M. It was for 

this little pageant that the song 
"Spirit of Sisterhood" was written. 
The purpose of writing the pag- 
eant was to portray in concrete 
form the real objective of Sister- 
hood, not only to the girls them- 
selves, but also to the church in 
general. It was intended to show 

Spirit of Sisterhood 

Wordi by Hr« G. T. Rank. 


i i 1 3 : i 


1. Spir - it of Sis - ter - hood, Spir - it of prayer, 

2. Spir - it of Sis - ter - hood, Spir - it of love, 

3. Spir - it of Sis - ter - hood, Loy - al - ty too, 

4. Spir - it of Sis - ter - hood, Spir - it of light. 



I I 









Fill - ing com - plate - ly The life in God's care. 
Giv - ing so free - ly To Je - sus a - bove. 
Faith - ful in serv - ice Ev - er so true. 

Gleam -ing in dark-ness, Dis- pel - ling the night. 













Spir - it of Sis - ter - hood. Keep ev - er - more .... 

ev - er-more 

-^. I J J 














to the Sav 

—m . — «■ — 

-12-9 — to- 









that it was not "just another or- 
ganization" nor "simply a social 
club" but that it was far different 
and worthy of a place in every 
church. For its aims were to de- 
velop a well-rounded Christian 
girlhood, to strengthen the prayer 
life of its members, to encourage 
loyalty to God and the Church, 
to give opportunity for service in 
all of its phases, to increase mis- 
sionary knowledge and giving, and 
to provide wholesome social activi- 

As nearly as was possible in verse, 
the song portrays these same ob- 
jectives, being, one might say, a 
summary in rhyme. The words 
were set to music by Harriet Beck- 
nell, now Mrs. H. H. Rowsey, who 
was National President at that 
time. The present tune is an adap- 
tation of the original one and was 
adopted with the words in 1932 
as our national hymn. 

I had no idea when writing the 
hymn that it would be selected 
seven years later for the official 
Sisterhood hymn. I had indeed 
hoped that it would be used by 
Sisterhood — to that end, both pag- 
eant and hymn were printed — as 
it expressed the ideal of Sister- 
hood in a simple form more easily 
understood than lengthy state- 
ments or discussions. It was my 
prayer then that the Lord would 
use it to His glory and to the in- 
crease of spiritual power in Sis- 
terhood: that is still my prayer 

(Reprint from The Woman's 
Outlook, April 1941, June 1954.) 

Copies of the accompan>/ing song, 
"Spirit of Sisterhood", may be ob- 
tained in song sheet form (one 
cent each, any quantity; add a 
few cents postage, please) by lorit- 
ing to S. M. M. Literature Secretary, 
Joann Ingraham, Myers Hall, Ash- 
land College, Ashland, Ohio. Order 
a supply today and use them in 
your Sisterhood meetings. 

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March 2. 1963 

No. 9 


A PREACHER?"— Rom. 10:14 

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Editor of Publications . .Rev. W. St. Clair Benshoff 

Board of Editorial Consultants: 

Woman's Missionary Society Mrs. Charlene Rowser 
National Laymen's Organization Floyd S. Benshoff 

National Brethren Youth Beverly Summy 

Missionary Board Mrs. Judith Runyon 

Sisterhood Kay Albright 

Contributing Editors: 
National Sunday School Board . .Richard Winfield 
Sunday School Lesson Comments 

Rev. Carl H. Phillips 

Prayer Meeting Studies Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 

Spiritual Meditations Rev. DyoU Belote 

Evangelism Rev. J. D. Hamel 

Book Reviews Rev. Richard E. Allison 

Special Subjects Rev. J. G. Dodds 

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Editorial: "God's Dwellingplaces" 3 

News from the Brethren 4 

Weddings and Memorials 4 

Coming Events 4 

Daily Devotions — March 22-31 5 

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Woman's Missionary Society 8 

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We note the passing of Harold K. 
Hall, Secretary of the National Lay- 
men's Organization, on February 12, 

Brother Hall, long active in the work 
of his local church at Oak Hill, W. Va..| 
and in our denonnination, suffered a! 
heart attack a few weeks ago. 

Our prayers and words of assurance 
go to his family and other loved ones 
i who remain. 


Thou canst not pray the Lord's prayer, 

And make one selfish plea; 

Thou canst not pray the Lord's prayer, 

And even once say "Me." 

For it's "Our," "Our," "Our," 

And it's "Us," "Us," "Us," 

And a fourth time it says "Our." 

And a fourth time it says "Us." 

Thou canst not pray the Lord's prayer. 

And even once say "I," 

Thou canst not pray the Lord's prayer. 

And even once say "My." 

Nor canst thou pray the Lord's prayer, 

And not pray for another. 

For when thou askest daily bread. 

Thou must include thy brother. 

For it's "Us," "Us," "Us," 

And it's "Our," "Our," "Our." 

As free from selfish motive 

As the fragrance of a flower. 

For others are included 

In each and every plea. 

For from beginning through the end. 

It does not once say "Me." 

—Charles D. Meigs. 


We make a mistake in trying always to clear 
ourselves; we should be wiser to go straight on, 
humbly doing the next thing, and leaving God 
to vindicate us. "He shall bring forth thy right- 
eousness as the light, and thy judgment as the 
noonday." There may come hours in our lives 
when we shall be misunderstood, slandered, 
falsely accused. At such times it is very difficult 
not to act on the policy of the men around us 
in the world. They at once appeal to law and 
force and public opinion. But the believer takes 
his case into a higher court, and lays it before 
his God. 

— F. B. Meyer. 

March 2, 1963 

Page Three 


goes the popular statement. This 
is true, yet in a very real sense, 
God has had, and continues to 
have, specific dwellingplaces. The 
omnipresent God characteristi- 
cally dwells everywhere 
throughout the universe and 
the great expanse of space be- 
cause He has made it all. He 
knows its every operation. Noth- 
ing is beyond His knowledge and 
control. To Him, we, as the 
Psalmist, give recognition of His 
majesty and greatness. 

During the course of man's 
existence upon the earth, God 
has sought to dwell with man. 
In seeking to do this, God has 
had some specific dwellingplaces. 
(Only sin disrupts and corrupts 
the normal procedure of God 
dwelling with man. When sin 
enters life, God cannot find His 
normal fellowship with the in- 

In the garden of Eden, God 
dwelt and fellowshiped with 
Adam and Eve. That is, until 
they broke the fellowship by 
their sin. Then God called them, 
and it was revealed by their 
hiding from Him, that sin was 
in their hearts. The great sys- 
tem of sacrifices was then start- 
ed which culminated in the sac- 
rifice of God's Son upon the 
cross for man's sin. 

God used various methods to 
communicate with man in seek- 
ing to bring man back into fel- 

lowship with Him. There was 
the burning bush for Moses, and 
God was in the bush. There was 
Mt. Sinai and the Law, and God 
was in the mount. Later, there 
was the cloud by day and the 
fire by night, in which God 
dwelt, to guide the children of 
Israel to the promised land. Still 
man's tendency was to rebel and 
complain. But God was faithful. 

There came then, the Taber- 
nacle, and later the Temples, in 
which God dwelt. There was the 
"high and holy place". Then 
there was God in the flesh, in 
Christ Jesus. After the finished 
work by Christ, He ascended in- 
to heaven to take His rightful 
place at the right hand of the 

The end was not yet, and God 
returned to earth in the form 
of the Holy Spirit to take up 
His abode in a most unique 
place. From the garden of Eden, 
to the burning bush, the mount, 
the cloud and fire, the taber- 
nacle, the temple, God now seeks 
to take up residence in a new 
creature — a new creation, made 
possible by the work of God, 
the Son, even Christ. 

Yes, this new and unique 
dwellingplace of the most high 
God, is in the heart and soul of 
the born-again believer in Christ 
Jesus. Here is where God dwells ; 
from here He is revealed to the 
world. As the believer is 
cleansed through Christ, so he 

becomes a temple of God. It is 
the Holy Spirit which dwells 
within the believer, yet the Spir- 
it is God, so God dwells there. 

How much would our lives 
need to be changed if we were 
to fully realize the full import 
of what it means to be the 
Temple of God ? What activities, 
habits and habitats would we 
have to delete from our lives? 
What ones of the Christian 
graces would we need to culti- 
vate and practice in order to 
fully realize our Christian role 
as God's dwellingplace? 

The last of the dwellingplaces 
of special note is that which 
shall be in effect when the taber- 
nacle of God shall be with men. 
In that glorious day, all men on 
the earth shall know the Lord, 
and He shall dwell with them. 
This is yet future, and shall not 
be until after all judgment shall 
have been brought to pass, all 
sin removed, and the unrepent- 
ant sinners sent to their doom. 

Here is our important role as 
temples of God today. We are 
to show, through our life, word 
and example, how Christ can 
save from sin. We are to rep- 
resent God in telling others 
about the Savior. Unsaved peo- 
ple around us are our respon- 
sibility to tell them of the Sav- 
ior. Is your body a fit temple 
of God? Are others finding 
Christ through your witness? 
W. S. B. 

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Hamel reports the reception of six 
new members; four by baptism and 
two by letter. 

WASHINGTON, D. c. Brother Jerry 
Flora notes that 19 of their Sunday 
school workers were given recogni- 
tion certificates for completing the 
course in "How to Teach." 

MASSiLLON, OHIO. A Gospel Team 
from Ashland College is scheduled 
to conduct services in the Massil- 
lon church on March 10th. 


from Mrs. Rolla Stokes reads as 
follows: "The W. M. S. and Evening 
Circle of the Hillcrest Brethren 
Church were favored by the pres- 
ence of Rev. and Mrs Kenneth 
Solomon and family, on February 
10th. Mrs. Solomon brought the 
message of the morning. Rev. Sol- 
omon gave an illustrated talk of 
their work in Argentina at the 
evening service." 

GRETNA, OHIO. Speaker for ser- 
vices in the Gretna church on Feb- 
ruary 17th, was Ashland ministe- 
rial student, Paul Steiner. 

Services in the Gretna church on 
February 24th were scheduled to 
be conducted by a Gospel Team 
from Ashland College. 

the Burlington church presented 
special music one night in evangel- 
istic services being held in the local 
Methodist church. 

Pastor Duane Dickson reports the 
baptism and reception of three 
persons into the church the eve- 
ning of February 10th. 


Meinke writes as follows: "Rev. Ed- 
gar Berkshire is supplying while 
Rev. C. A. Stewart is in Florida. 
Prayer Service attendance, 21; S. 
S., 63 and church attendance, 69, 
on February 10th." 


The Senior Sisterhood public ser- 
vice was held on February 17th 

with Mrs. George Phillips as the 

WARSAW, INDIANA. "Open House" 
was held at the Warsaw parsonage 
on January 20th. 

Brother Paul D. Tinkel reports 
the reception of two new members 



"Christian night club," to be known 
as the Crossroads Supper Club, has 
been announced here by Ed Dar- 
ling, general manager and propri- 

Patterned after a teenage night 
club operated for the last 10 weeks 
by the Gilead Baptist church here, 
the Crossroads Supper Club will be 
aimed at adults as well as young 
people. Mr. Darling has been ne- 
gotiating with such entertainers as 
Roy Rogers and Dale Evans and 
Ethel Waters, whom he hopes will 
appear at the club. Famed Gospel 
soloist George Beverly Shea was 
scheduled for the December 15 

"We are trying to provide for 
the Christian public a place for 
dining and entertainment on a top 
level," Darling explained. The pro- 
motional literature, he said, will 
describe the club as a place for 
"good food, fellowship and enter- 

Mr. Darling reportedly plans to 
begin broadcasting a breakfast club 
for Christian women at the Club. 


MOSS. L. Rayburn Moss, 71, Ko- 
komo, Ind., passed away unexpect- 
edly in Florida, Jan. 30. Survived 
by his widow. Services by the un- 
dersigned. Interment, South Union 
Cemetery, Burlington, Ind. 

Duane Dickson. 


MEXICO, INDIANA. Revival Services 
—Mar. 3-10— Rev. B. D. Garrett, 
Evangelist; Rev. Floyd Sibert, Pas- 


Revival— Mar. 18-24 — Rev. Harold 
Barnett, Evangelist; Rev. Elmer M. 
Keck, Pastor. 

vices — Mar. 4-17 — Rev. Carl Phil- 
lips, Evangelist; Rev. Claude Stogs- 
dill. Pastor. 



Wayne Heights Brethren Church 

MARCH 16, 1963 


Ann Halter and Mr. John D. Clap- 
per were united in marriage in a 
candlelight service at the Trinity 
Brethren Church, Canton, Ohio, 
February 9th. Both are members 
of the church and active in its 
program. They will reside at 1923 
Blake Ave., N. W., Canton 8, Ohio. 
Ceremony performed by their pas- 

Robert L. Keplinger, Pastor. 


MOSCOW (EP) — An article in Sci- 
ence and Religion, an atheistic 
monthly here, complained that the 
spread of atheism throughout Rus- 
sia is having difficulties. 

Generally, atheism is making 
"some progress" the article said, 
but religious groups are gaining. 
"In fact, in whole republics, where 
in comparison with the situation 
before the revolution, the number 
of various religious sects has ac- 
tually increased." 

Offering an "explanation," the 
article claimed that under the Czar 
of Russia before the Communist 
revolution "non-orthodox sects 
were persecuted, while the Soviet 
constitution gives freedom to all." 

Written by A. Vyeschnikov, the 
article noted that the Communist 
Party has allocated special funds 
for the intensification of atheistic 
propaganda and the training of 
atheistic workers throughout the 
U. S.S.R. 

March 2, 1963 

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General Theme for the year: "LIVING THE LIFE" 
Theme for March — "BY SEKVING WITH CHRIST' 

Writer for March — REV. J. MILTON BOWMAN 
March 22nd through 31st — "Progress Througli Service" 

Friday, March 22, 1963 

Read Scripture: Matthew 5:1-16 

Scripture verse: Let your light so 
shine before men, that they may 
see your good works, and glorify 
your Father which is in heaven. 
Matthew 5:16. 

Where Jesus sat on the hillside 
overlooking beautiful Galilee, the 
gorgeous scenery is conducive to 
meditation. "Rejoice and be ex- 
ceeding glad: for great is your re- 
ward in heaven." This should be 
our attitude when we are mis- 
treated. Ye are light; yes, light in 
a dark world. As Christians, our 
light must shine for we are the 
reflection of the "Light of the 

Our light shines as we proclaim 
Christ. God Himself is the Author 
of eternal light. He brings bright- 
ness and glory to living. This should 
make us radiant with happiness. 
Charles Lamb said, "A laugh is 
worth one hundred groans in any 

We cannot let our light shine if 
we hide it. Hold up the torch! 
"Work for the night is coming." 
The Day's Thought 

"Those who bring sunshine to 
the lives of others cannot keep 
it from themselves." James M. 

Saturday, March 23, 1963 
Read Scripture: Romans 15:13-19 

Scripture verse: Through mighty 
signs and wonders, by the power 
of the Spirit of God; so that from 
Jerusalem, and round about unto 
Illyricum, I have fully preached 
the gospel of Christ. Romans 15:19. 

There is certainly a sense of 
satisfaction in the hearts of those 
who have answered the call of God 
in true sincerity. Christ will put 
His mark of approval through the 

workings of the Holy Spirit on 
what we do. The great accomplish- 
ments of Paul were in reality su- 
pernatural. His zeal was in the 
power of the Spirit. 

Let us be practical in our Chris- 
tian life. "Let us put our love not 
into words or into talk, but into 
deeds, and make it real." I John 
3:18 (Moffatt). Someone put it like 
this, "It is your walk and not your 
talk, that tells the world your 

Paul had a powerful message for 
both the Jews and the Gentiles. 
To the Jews to show God's truth- 
fulness; to the Gentiles to show 
His mercy. 

The Day's Thought 

"Our deeds are seeds of fate, 
sown here on earth, but bringing 
forth their harvest in eternity." 

Sunday, March 24, 1963 
Read Scripture: Colossians 1:19-29 

Scripture verse-. Whereunto I al- 
so labour, striving according to his 
working, which worketh in me 
mightily. Colossians 1:29. 

Paul was conscious that he could 
depend upon the divine resources 
of the Father to the full. A con- 
dition of this fulness is a settled 
and grounded faith. Paul's labor 
was strenuous because of the 
mighty working of the Spirit. 

In verse 25 he realizes that he 
had a special dispensation from 
God to tell of the unsearchable 
riches of Christ. This took him to 
the Gentiles for he realized with 
a shock, that the mystery of the 
Holy Spirit dwelling in the heart, 
was for them as well as the Jews. 

The might of Rome was every- 
where apparent, marvelous roads, 
aqueducts, bridges, temples, for- 
ums, codes of law and brilliant mil- 

itary successes. This could not help 
but influence Paul and gave him 
that desire to witness to the Gen- 
tiles. The door of his heart was 
open to divine power. 

The Day's Thought 
"The power of a man increases 
steadily by continuance in one di- 
rection." Emerson. 

Monday, March 2.5, 1963 
Read Scripture: John 6:26-33 

Scj-ipture verse: Labour not for 
the meat which perisheth, but for 
that meat which endureth unto 
everlasting life, which the So7i of 
man shall give unto you: for him 
hath God the Father sealed. John 

Many people wanted to know 
what they must do to work the 
works of God. Some of them were 
very enthusiastic but they very 
soon lost interest. Christianity is 
not a temporary way of life. We 
must endure hardness; be patient 
as well as faithful, until the end. 

So much time is given by Chris- 
tian people to unessentials. We 
work hard for the material things 
of life. Often our time is so oc- 
cupied with pleasure and other oc- 
cupations that we cannot give time 
for the meat that endures unto 
everlasting life. 

God is the Architect of the uni- 
verse. The soul of man created 
in His image is of utmost value 
to Him. He craves the opportunity 
to help us do our best in this world 
which is so much in need. 

The Day's Thought 
"But chief of all thy wondrous 

Supreme of all thy plan, 
Thou hast put an upward reach 

Into the heart of man." 

— Harry Kemp. 

Tuesday, March 26, 1963 
Read Scripture: I Corinthians 15: 

Scripture verse: But by the grace 
of God I am what I am: and his 
grace which was bestowed upon me 
was not in vain; but I laboured 
more abundantly than they all: 
yet not I, but the grace of God 
which was with me. I Corijithians 

In this marvelous chapter on im- 
mortality, we have some of the 
very essential tenets of the Gospel. 
Christ died, was buried, rose again, 
was seen of Paul and others. Be- 
cause He rose we too are guaran- 

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teed resurrection. In fact, there is 
a possibility that some people may 
not die. 

Paul could not forget the fact 
that even though he tried to de- 
stroy the Church, God loved him 
and Christ bought him with His 
own blood. What a price was paid! 
It was paid in full. None other 
than Christ could have paid that 

The great love and favor of God 
was beyond computation. The won- 
derful Grace of God is ours if we 
only believe. Life becomes real. 
The Day's Thought 

"Life, like a dome of many col- 
ored glass, stains the white ra- 
diance of eternity." Shelly. 

Wednesday, March 27, 1963 
Read Scripture: Philippians 2:5-13 

Scripture verse: For it is God 
which worketh in you both to will 
and to do of his good pleasure. 
Philippians 2:13. 

We were created by God for love 
and worship. He expects us to do 
great things for Him because the 
Holy Spirit makes it possible. He 
dwells in our hearts by faith. There 
is no excuse for us to be inactive. 
We often blame our failures on 
everyone else but ourselves. 

In the words of G. K. Chesterton 
we read, "I do not believe in a fate 

that falls on men however they act, 
but I do believe in a fate that falls 
on them unless they act." 

We need to stop acting from sel- 
fish motives but let the example 
of Christ guide us. He gave all that 
He had, even His life, for us. Let 
us realize that God will work won- 
ders in us if we will let Him. Christ 
was exalted and we too shall be 

The Day's Thought 

When God shuts a door He opens 
a window. It gives Him pleasure 
when we do His will. 

Thursday, March 28, 1963 
Read Scripture-. Hebrews 13:13-21 

Scripture verse: Now the God of 
peace. . .make you perfect in every 
good work to do his will, working 
in you that which is well pleasing 
in his sight, through Jesus Christ; 
to whom be glory forever and ever. 
Hebrews 13:20, 21. 

Perfection is relative. A first 
grade child may come home with 
a drawing marked very high by the 
teacher. If we as adults turned 
in a similar drawing it would be 
far from perfection. We grow in 
grace and knowledge. 

Many Christians are living in a 
state of suspended animation. 
There is no spiritual growth. We 
started as babes in Christ and re- 


The soul needs tuning just as a musical instrument 
does. A little girl once asked her grandmother, "Why 
should I go to church?" 

Her grandmother turned to her and asked the 
seemingly iz^appropriate question. "Has the piano 
tuner been here yet?" 

"Why, no-o," answered Ruth, "but I don't see what 
that's got to do with going to church." 

"Perhaps you don't but," explained the grand- 
mother, "our souls are very much like a piano, in 
that they get out of tune and need to have the strings 
tuned up from time to time." 

"Souls haven't strings, have they?" asked the 
astonished child. 

"Not strings that you can see," admitted her grand- 
mother, "but goodness, faith, courage, generosity, 
reverence and love are strings of the soul that get 
slack and out of tune often without our knowing 
it. But when you go to church and hear about Jesus' 
splendid life you realize how far away you are from 
Him in these things, and you get the desire to tune 
up your life to the pitch of His noble living." 

— Selected. 

main babes. To get out of this 
stage and on to perfection we need 
to be yielded to do what He would 
have us do. His aid is promised. 
Let us launch out! 

Everybody has some talent which 
God can use. In Thorean's words, 
"There has been no man of pure 
genius; as there has been none 
wholly destitute of genius." 

The Day's Thought 
"God enters by a private door 
into every individual." Emerson. 

Friday, March 29, 1963 
Read Scripture: I Timothy 5:17-22 

Scripture verse: Let the elders 
that rule well be counted worthy 
of double honor, especially they 
that labour in the Word and doc- 
trine. I Timothy 5:17. 

Those who choose the ministry, 
if they have been chosen of God, 
have chosen a good work. If they 
do their best, they deserve honor 
rather than condemnation. We are 
told to "rebuke not an Elder (min- 
ister) but entreat him as a father." 
verse 7. If charges are made, they 
must be of a serious nature and 
by two or three witnesses. 

The ministry is important in the 
eyes of God. The tendency to down 
grade them today is increasing. 
God's minister's are sometimes 
treated shamefully by the laity. 
This ought not to be for they are 
held accountable to God as to how 
they work and present the en- 
grafted Word and doctrine. Since 
they are servants of God, they are 
worthy of double honor. We are 
all laborers together with Christ. 

The Day's Thought 
"Life is too short to waste... 

'Twill soon be dark; 
Up! Mind thine own aim, and 
God speed the mark!" 

— Emerson. 

Saturday, March 30, 1963 

Read Scripture: I Thessalonians 

Scripture verse: We give thanks 
to God. . .remembering without 
ceasing your work of faith, and la- 
bour of love, and patience of hope 
in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the 
sight of God and our Father. I 
Thessalonians 1:3. 

This letter to the Thessalonians 
is full of hope. Paul remembers 
them in the following manner: 
1. You are founded on God. 

March 2, 1963 

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2. Your faith has meant solid 

3. Your love drives you to hard 

4. Your hope in Christ involved 
dogged determination to overcome 
the old life. 

5. God loves you and has se- 
lected you for a special purpose. 

6. The Gospel came to you by 
the power of the Holy Spirit. 

7. You decided to copy us as 
well as Christ. 

8. Accepting the message 
meant bitter persecution. 

9. You experienced the joy of 
the Holy Spirit. 

10. You became examples (pat- 
terns) to all who believe. 

11. Your faith is known every- 

12. You turned to the living God 
from idols. 

13. Your entire lives are geared 
to Christ's coming again. 

The Day's Thought 
The truth of the Gospel applies 
to us and transforms those who 
accept it. 

Sunday, March 31, 1963 
Read Scripture: Acts 15:11-20 

Scripture verse: Then all the 
multitude kept silence, and gave 
audience to Barnabas and Paul, 
declaring what miracles and won- 
ders God had wrought among the 
Gentiles by them. Acts 15:12. 

They were debating whether to 
admit the Gentiles into the Church 
without circumcision. The Holy 
Spirit had been received by them 
the same as by the Jews. God 
approved their entrance by the 
simple acceptance of the grace of 

Christ came to take out a people 
for His name especially from 
among the Gentiles. He will then 
return and build up the tabernacle 
of David which is fallen down. The 
Jews in Israel are making the 
desert bloom like a rose. They are 
building a great country but with- 
out Christ. He is rejected today 
even as He was when He was here 
on earth. They have Him and know 
it not. How sad! What would the 
Church today be if Paul had not 
turned to the Gentiles? 

The Day's Thought 
Concerning the Jews' and Gen- 
tile's reception into the Church, 
"there is no difference between us 
and them." ...verse 9. 


Richard E. Aiiison 

All books reviewed in this column may he purchased through the Breth- 
ren Publishing Company, 524 College Ave., Ashland, Ohio. 

Southard, Samuel. PASTORAL 
EVANGELISM. Nashville: Broadman 
Press, 1962. ($3.75) 

This book is a searching exami- 
nation of the motives and methods 
in the area of evangelism. The in- 
sight of the author is keenly em- 
ployed in pointing out the deficien- 
cies found in many systems of 

"The book is an attempt to show 
how the spirit and methodology 
of one type of pastoral psychology 
may be used in personal interviews 
with individuals who have not 
made a commitment of faith in 
Christ." The opening chapter, 
"Stillborn Men," presents the prob- 
lem: "Why is it that 50% of church 
members appear lifeless?" Then 
follows several chapters on the his- 
torical development of the various 
approaches to evangelism. The au- 
thor's insights at this point are 
keen and critical. 

Two of the outstanding chapters 
of the book are devoted to "The 
Evangelism of Children" and "Pas- 
toral Care of New Converts." The 
last chapter deals with training 
people to do evangelistic work. 

The book is not just an expres- 
sion of the author's experience and 
opinion. Its value has been en- 
hanced by his careful utilization 
of research projects completed by 
his students at Southern Baptist 
Theological Seminary. Transcribed, 
personal interviews are used ap- 
propriately to demonstrate meth- 
not another book on methods. It is 
an evaluation of methods which 
have been employed with sugges- 
tions for an improved program of 

Cadier, Jean. THE MAN GOD 
MASTERED. Grand Rapids: Eerd- 
mans, 1961. ($3.00) 

This new biography on the hfe 
and work of John Calvin is brief 
1187 pages), comprehensive and 

readable. It serves as a fine intro- 
duction to the full life of the great 
reformer and theologian. The book 
contains no "original discoveries 
but simply historical data essential 
for the knowledge of a personality." 
Professor Jean Cadier is Dean 
of the Faculty of Protestant The- 
ology in the University of Mont- 
pellier and President of the Cal- 
vinist Society of France. Probably 
few know Calvin better than this 
man. The author discusses Cal- 
vin's thoughts and methods care- 
fully and colorfully. This chrono- 
logical narrative is a profitable 
place to begin a study of the great 
reformer. It is delightful reading. 
Only a master could put so much 
in so little space and have it come 
out so clear. 

Malik, Charles. CHRIST AND 
CRISIS. Grand Rapids: Eeidmans, 
1962. ($3.00) 

The author, Charles Malik, dis- 
tinguished University Professor of 
The American University and for- 
mer president of the General As- 
sembly of the United Nations gives 
us "seven Christian meditations on 
the state of the world." Dr. Malik 
maintains that we're living in a 
world of crisis because "Jesus 
Christ is Lord and is judging." 

The book is based on revised and 
enlarged addresses that Dr. Malik, 
a Greek Orthodox layman, has de- 
livered to various American relig- 
ious bodies. Chapters include medi- 
tations on the following subjects: 
"The Spiritual Response to the 
Crisis"; "The Church and the In- 
ternational Order"; "Go Ye and 
Preach the Gospel"; "The Gospel 
and the Life of the Spirit"; "Faith 
in Jesus Christ"; "The Burden of 
the Christian"; and "Unity and 

The devil goes home with the 
man who goes to church to unlaw- 
fully criticize the preacher. 

I'nge Eig;lit 


Tlip Brethren Evangelist 


Your National President Spealcs . . . 

Concerning the word "NEGLECT' 


HAVE YOU EVKR thought what 
effect "NEGLECT" has on the 
progress of the work of our W. M. 
S.? Do you realize what a danger 
this seven-letter word can be to 
us physically, mentally and spirit- 
ually? What happens to us if we 
are ill and NEGLECT to take our 
medicine? Some men neglect the 
intellectual and allow their minds 
to grow sluggish. Other men, in 
like fashion neglect even more 
dangerously their souls. "How shall 
we escape if we neglect so great 
salvation?" (Heb. 2:3a) . NEGLECT 
is said to be by far the deadliest 
word known to the soul of man. 

Many of us are procrastinators. 
Did you know there is a Procras- 
tinator's Club? Their headquarters 
is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
Their slogan is "Never do today 
what can be put off until tomor- 
row." But when does procrastina- 
tion end and neglect begin? 

We neglect to read our Bible to- 
day, neglect it again tomorrow and 
again the next day. NEGLECT is 
subtle and insidious. It creeps up- 
on us like a sleeping sickness. Be- 
fore you know it you have ne- 
glected your Bible reading for so 
long that you are not interested 
any more. Thus you are guilty of 
failing to help your Society to 
reach the Bible Reading goal and 
last but not least you, yourself, 
are the greater loser. 

You need not destroy your house 
plants — just neglect to water them. 
NEGLECT can be both expensive 
and destructive. As I write this, 
our thermometer says 22 degrees 
below zero. Any who has neglected 

to prepare their car for sub-zero 
weather is real sorry now. 

What happens when people NEG- 
LECT to train their children? We 
are seeing this neglect in its most 
tragic form today of juvenile de- 

What happens if we NEGLECT 
to subscribe to The Brethren Evan- 
gelist? What's ahead for Brethren 
publications? NEGLECT is defined 
as "careless indifference." I am 
sure we Brethren have seen the 
effect of our careless indifference 
to our Church publication. Goal 
Number 6 reads, "The Brethren 
Evangelist in the home of every 
Brethren W. M. S. member." We 
dare not NEGLECT this. "Through 
the Evangelist, members of our de- 
nomination are kept in touch with 
each other. We are informed of the 
successes and failures of our fel- 
low-workers. We are given infor- 
mation about all denominational 
interests from missions right down 
through all of the arms of the 
church to the very level of tiie 
'grass roots'." (By Rev. John T. 

Sometimes we forget, sometimes 
we neglect to do things and some- 
times we purposefully procrasti- 
nate. Let us not let this mental 
lethargy, which is a failure com- 
mon to man, hinder our work in 
the church, or our work in the 
W. M. S. or our witness for our 

"You do not need to become a 
Communist to destroy your church; 
just neglect it. Fail to attend its 
service of divine worship; forget 
to support its program; neglect the 

witness it must make to the world 
— and one morning we will wake up 
to ask: 'What happened to the 
Church?' " (This last paragraph I 
copied from our daily newspaper — 
Bread of Life, by Rev. A. P. Bailey) 


I am solemnly convinced when 
I view the Church that it is later 
than we think. 

Time hastens without consent 
and leaves us emptyhanded. We 
think we will always have time to 
do what we need to do, but we are 
forgetting that, from the stand- 
point of duty, "It is later than you 
think." We are told that "the night 
Cometh, when no man can work." 

If you have work to do — do it 

If you have a witness to give — 
give it now. 

If you have a soul to win — win 
him now. 

If you have an obligation to dis- 
charge — discharge it now. 

If you have a debt to pay — pay 
it now. 

If you have a wrong to right — 
right it now. 

If you have a confession to make 
— make it now. 

If you have a preparation to 
make — make it now. 

If you have children to train — 
train them now. 

Time is passing and you are 
passing out of time. 

— Roy L. Laurin, in 
The Regular Baptist. 

March 2, 1963 

Page Nine 


A great musician said of himself; 

"If I neglect my practice one day. 

I feel it. 
If I neglect my practice two days, 
my family detects it. 

If I neglect my practice a week, 
the world knows it." 

In like manner, I say of myself; 

"If I neglect my prayer life a day, 
I feel it. 

If I neglect my prayer life two days, 
my family suffers loss. 

If I neglect my prayer life a week, 
the world suffers — however 
small my talent." 
— Mary Kate Jack in Exchange. 



■^*- Twentieth Centuiy, which 
holds so many glittering allure- 
ments, I stand and call forth 
to the Christian Church and ask 
of it that it give me something 
substantial, something fine and 
pure, something in which I can 
use my talents to the glory of 
God, something which will take 
the place of all the worthless 
things in my life. As an answer 
from the Brethren Church, I 
have placed before me the op- 
portunity to become a member 
of the Sisterhood of Mary and 
Martha, and this opportunity I 
gladly grasp. 

In Sisterhood I am first given 
an example — the lives of devo- 
tion and service lived by Mary 
and Martha to whose home Je- 
sus was so wont to go. So Sis- 
terhood calls forth from me a 
devotion and service to be ren- 
dered to my Lord and Saviour 
like as to theirs. 

Then Sisterhood issues a chal- 
lenge—to "Do God's Will." It 
requires that I be "a vessel fit 
for the Master's use," ever 
ready to follow at His call and 
to abide by His commands. His 
will must hold sway over mine. 

By the Covenant — Sisterhood 
inspires in me an interest in the 
girls less fortunate than myself 
and teaches me to pray for 

their salvation. It brings forth 
from me a sense of gratitude 
for the blessing which I am daily 
enjoying. It exhorts me to live 
a life of prayer, to be in con- 
stant communion with my Lord. 

The Benediction — teaches me 
that I must praise my Lord, con- 
tinually every day must I praise 
Him. Surely His mercies are 
great and my praise is also the 
expression of my gratitude. 

Still, going beyond this, Sis- 
erhood makes it possible for me 
to do a definite work. Its goals 
which I may help my society 
in reaching are ideals. They in- 
spire me to greater service. 

Sisterhood keeps ever before 
the eyes of my mind and heart 
the need of the mission field. 
Sisterhood makes known to me 
that truly "the harvest is white 
and the laboi'ers are few" and 
that Christ commanded us to 
"go and teach all nations." 
Through the mission study 
books I come to realize the need 
and also learn of the remedies 
which God's great love makes 
possible. I have the opportunity 
to share in this work by rolling 
bandages, and by giving my 
money to help in the support of 
the missionaries' work. 

In the devotional meeting, the 
prayer meeting, the business 
session, and the social part of 

the meetings, therefore, I am 
receiving instruction which will 
help me to live a real conse- 
crated Christian life and to ren- 
der service to my Lord and my 
fellow-men. Yes, most certainly 
in Sisterhood I am being placed 
as it were at the feet of the 
Master and being taught of Him 
the greatness of His love and 

So to Sisterhood, the organi- 
zation of true and consecrated 
young women ever striving to 
"Do God's Will" I will pledge 
my allegiance, realizing that by 
doing so I will receive strength 
to follow Paul's great exhorta- 
tions in Romans 12:1 and 2. 

What does Sisterhood mean 
to you? 

(Reprint from Woman's 
Outlook, May 1947 and 
Jan. 1955). 


If the whole world copied you — 
Copied to the letter 
Would it be a nobler world. 
And deceit and meanness hurled 
From it altogether? 

Would selfishness and envy fade, 
And in the room their absence 

Would love come into view? 
Tell me, if it followed you — 
Would the world be better? 


Page Ten 

The Brethren Evangelist 




Floyd S. Benshoff 


J. GARBER DRUSHAL, Guest Editor 

[This guest editorial is written by one of our out- 
standing Brethren laymen. In addition to his very 
vital connections with the denomination and his local 
church at Smithville, Ohio, he finds time to be head 
of the speech department of Wooster College. This 
"gem," was produced, {in his own words) , "between 
semesters". It is recommended that the reading of 
this item take place when you are fully rested, wide 
awake, and have just eaten a hearty meal. We cannot 
be responsible for any re-actions unless recommenda- 
tions, as above, have been followed. 


THE EDITOR of these men's pages has been 
pressed frequently of late for urgent as- 
sistance in killing off the Brethren Church. Since 
quite naturally we are all interested in the eai'ly 
death of protestantism in general and the Breth- 
ren Church in particular, I am only too glad to 
offer my suggested formula for quick action to- 
ward this noble goal. If all heed these words of 
advice, the end will soon be in sight. 

It should be noted at the outset that not each 
congregation will necessarily have to take all of 
these steps, being independent and individualistic 
as we are. Each can go to the dogs in his own 
chosen way. Yet it will speed up the total col- 
lapse if everyone can pitch in on all these matters 
right away. 

First, we must forget all this nonsense about 
new churches. Obviously it isn't going to im- 
prove your morning worship service to have 
another congregation 20 miles away, or 200 miles 
away, or 2000 miles away. There has been en- 
tirely too much talk about growth, and too much 

fuss about taking this "Go ye..." business too 
seriously. Forget it! Then things will simmer 
down and the church die so much faster. 

Secondly, and in this same connection in a way, 
be sure to oppose vigorously any building ex- 
pansion in your own congregational edifice. Af- 
ter all, things are falling apart in the world, 
why invest your money in a dying cause? Be- 
sides, those cold cement floors with a gauze cur- 
tain around little chairs were good enough for 
you and your father and your grandfather, and 
for all the people before split-1, split-2, and split-3. 
So simply refuse to have anything whatever 
to do with building funds, remodeling or such 
like. Naturally you'd rather save your money to 
pay more income tax. 

If your church already seems clearly on the 
decline, .vou may not need added advice, but you 
should certainly consider as a kind of coup de 
grace drastic steps in the morning worship ser- 
vice. Certainly only one stanza a hymn is enough, 
and the choir, if you think you must have one, 
can cut out all those time-killing responses. Have 
a clear understanding with the preacher on none 
of this foolishness about long sermons; seven 
minutes ought to get most ideas across. A few 
old-timers — and we must humor these people 
right up to the end — will still want the Bible read 
aloud so it can be understood, but since reading 
the Bible tends to strengthen people, you'll want 
to cut out as much of this as you can right away 
so things can die off" with more dignity and unity. 

Any of your people who have established the 
habit of regular giving may not like some of 

March 2, 1963 

- these suggestions. They must be pampered, so 
right up to the last day you can let them mail 
their checks to the treasurer. This mailing will 
get them in that habit so they can keep right on 
sending them to the government. 

If any of your friends are hesitant about these 
procedures, you can always soften them up by 
insisting that everything be done in your congre- 
gation exactly and precisely as it was 50 years 
ago. Since this is impossible, it will frustrate 
the youth, discourage the oldsters, and get things 
ready for the final putsch. You can then start 
working on the maximum economy: just close the 
doors entirely. 

There are many other parts of this bluepi'int 
for quick action toward early demise, but they 
are being worked on by a committee specially ap- 
pointed by General Conference, one member of 
which lives in Florida, one in California, and the 
others in between so they cannot really meet. 
Hence the matter may get postponed at next con- 
ference and things drag on. So these few im- 
portant parts of the formula will have to suffice 
until the committee prepares the special mes- 
sage on the last rites. 

One thing should be mentioned before con- 
cluding, especially in view of the fact that these 
words are addressed to the men. Something simply 
has to be done about the W. M. S. If locking your 
wife in the attic on W. M. S. night seems too 
crude, dirty extra dishes at dinner that night 
so she'll be delayed past the hour. Perhaps lock- 
ing the keys to the car in your desk would help. 
Since we really want to kill off the church, this 
outfit has simply got to go, one way or another. 
If you don't, they have a way of keeping things 
going that might make it difficult if not impos- 
sible to shut up shop. 

Now that your duty is boldly clear, the action 
is up to you. 

Page Eleven 

to have Brother John Porte for our speaker for the 
evening. Brother Porte spoke on the subject: "Re- 
sponsibilities of a layman", in which he said we as 
laymen have a job to do here at home and that we 
didn't need to be a missionary in a mission field to 
do this work. Following the talk we had fellowship 
in the singing of hymns. 

At the December 22nd meeting there were eleven 
laymen present. Two of our men spoke on the sub- 
ject, "What Christmas means to me." Charles Null 
and Don Marker were the speakers. We meet the 
second Saturday of each month at 7:30 p.m. 

Donald Devore, secretary. 


On Monday night, January 14, 1963, the laymen of 
the First Brethren Church of Nappanee held their 
regular monthly meeting. 

Brother Charles Stump opened with prayer. 

The Secretary-Treasurer's report was given by 
Freed Miller. 

A report was made that we now have 58 members 
for this year, which is an increase of one member 
over the previous year. 

Short discussions were held concerning the follow- 
ing items: 

Lee Doering, the goals chairman, commented on the 
progress of the goals of the local organization, and 
Richard Best, the radio program chairman, reported 
on the radio program, "The Voice Of The Brethren 
Church". He gave a few ideas as to how we could 
finance our share of the program which can be heard 
over the Elkhart Radio Station WCMR at 2:00 P.M. 
EDT every Sunday. We are co-operating with the Go- 
shen and Elkhart laymen on this particular broad- 

Charles Stump announced that the speaker was ob- 
tained for our public service which will be held on 
May 19. Our pastor, Virgil Ingraham, explained the 
Cross-Country Evangelistic Service which will be held 
in our church on Feb. 3-7-10 and 17. Raymond Dun- 
nuck conducted devotions and Duane Parker showed 
us some very interesting slides of Japan that he had 
taken while in the armed services. Refreshments were 

Max Bigler. 



Ashland, Ohio 

This is an article covering our activities for the 
months of October, November, and December. 

On October 13th we held a meeting with seven 
Laymen in attendance. Also, on October 22nd the 
N. E. O. District Laymen's Rally was held in our church 
with approximately 60 Laymen in attendance. The 
dinner was prepared and served by the W. M. S. of 
our church. 

At our November 10th meeting there were twelve 
Laymen attending. At this meeting we were happy 


(capsule form) 

REV. JAMES WATT, Presbyterian pastor at Rittman, 
Ohio, featured the December meeting of the laymen's 
group at Smithville, Ohio. 

:j; * :;: 

LAPEL PINS of the National Laymen's Organization 
are still available by writing Vice President Rodger 
Geaslen, 33 Hampton Rd., Williamsport, Maryland. 

* * H: 

THIRD BRETHREN, Johnstown, Pa. had a fine group 
of men and boys out on Monday evening, January 
28 to worship together and see a wonderful assort- 
ment of western scenes as shown by George Schramm. 

Pajfe Twelve 

The Brethren Evangelist 



ASHLAND Theological Semi- 
nary regards the training 
of suitable men for the ministry 
of the Gospel as its one reason 
for existence. It is the main 
source of ministerial supply for 
the Brethren Church. We be- 
lieve that if God calls a man 
to the ministry, the Seminary 
can help him to be a better min- 
ister, but if God does not call 
him, we are fully convinced that 
the Seminary cannot make him 
a minister at all. 

We are persuaded that the 
contribution of the Seminary to 
the effectiveness of the Breth- 
ren Church in its over-all pro- 
gram is guaranteed by such 
facts and activities as these. A 
sincere and inquiring student 
group, a dedicated faculty, an 
expanding library, increasingly 
better facilities, and a greater 
interest and concern on the part 
of the people of the Brethren 
Church, all combine into a pro- 
gressive program which is bound 
to produce the kind of results 
which will strengthen the tes- 
timony of the denomination. 

These are some of the items 
of special interest which char- 
acterize this current school year. 
On January 29, we observed the 
annual Seminary migration day 
to the Ohio Pastors' Convoca- 
tion in Columbus. Professor 
Charles Munson has taken some 
of his students on visits to state 
mental and correctional institu- 
tions. Reverend Earl Parvin, a 
missionary to Pakistan for four 
years, presented a special illus- 
trated lecture. Reverend Spencer 
Gentle spoke on three days on 
pastoral and organizational work 

of the church. Dr. Chalmer Faw, 
of Bethany Biblical Seminary, is 
to speak several times on the 
biblical foundation for the doc- 
trine of nonviolence. Dr. Robert 
Kinsey, pastor of the Trinity 
Lutheran Church in Ashland, 
and student of St. Paul and the 
Middle East, will present spe- 
cial lectures on Paul and the 
world in which he ministered. 
Plans are in progress for Rev- 
erend Kenneth Solomon and 
Reverend Ray Aspinall to make 
several appearances on our Ar- 
gentine Mission work. A re- 
cruitment dinner in the latter 
part of March will be served 
to some 50 or 60 Ashland Col- 
lege students. 

Brethren people will be very 
pleased to know that the Semi- 
nary will be receiving the larg- 
est class for quite some years 
in the coming September. The 
majority of entering students 
will be Brethren men; however, 
we are glad that there will be 

several applications from worthy 
students of other denomina- 
tional affiliations. It is to be 
noted in this connection that we 
have one of the finest groups of 
pre-seminary students in Ash- 
land College which we have had 
for some time. It is encourag- 
ing to notice that in this group 
also there are quite a few non- 
Brethren men and some of them 
have stated their intention of 
studying in our Seminary. 

In the current Brethren An- 
nual number of the Evangelist 
on page 28, there is a brief state- 
ment that Dr. Glenn L. Clayton, 
in speaking to the General Con- 
ference on Friday night, an- 
nounced that the present writer 
had asked to be allowed to step 
aside as Dean of the Seminary 
and that Dr. J. R. Shultz had 
been chosen to be the new Dean. 
In January, 1962, this request 
had been made along with the 
I'equest for a year's leave of ab- 
sence in order to study in the 
American Schools of Oriental 
Research in Jerusalem, Jordan. 
As the announcement indicates, 
the request was granted. As of 
June, 1963, I will have rounded 
out a full decade of service as 
Dean of the school and a total 
of 16 years on the Seminary 
faculty. I believe that this dean- 
ship is the longest since Dr. J. 
Allen Miller resigned a good 
many years ago. 

As is known from the pages 
of the Evangelist and other 
sources of information. Dr. J. 
R. Shultz is studying at the 
University of Edinburgh, Scot- 
land. He expects to return to 
the states next summer and to 

March 3, 1963 

Page Thirteen 

assume office as Dean before 
the beg-inning of the next school 

My own plans include direct- 
ing a tour thmugh Europe and 
to the Holy Lands which will 
leave the United States on July 
6, and return on August 13. Af- 
ter placing the tour party on 
board the plane for the home- 
ward flight, Mrs. Flora and I 
will return to Jerusalem where 
I will be engaged in study and 
research activity for the school 
year 1963-64. We expect to re- 
turn some time in June, 1964, 
and the following school year 
I shall expect to resume teach- 
ing in the Seminary. 

Without the interest and con- 
cern and support of the people 
of the Brethren Church, Ash- 
land Theological Seminary can 
do nothing but an extremely 
poor piece of work. With your 
full support by means of stu- 
dents, finances, and prayers, the 
Seminary can rise to levels of 
accomplishments which, we be- 
lieve, will surely bring honor to 
the name of Christ and make 
commensurate contributions to 
the life of the Brethren Church. 

A Deep Spiritual Experience 
An Extension of Education 


Visit England. France, Italy, Egypt, Lebanon, 
Syria, Jordan, Israel, Greece, Switzerland 


Depart July 6, 1963, by TWA Jet No. 707 

Experienced Direction by 

Professor Delbert B. Flora 
Dean of Ashland Theological Seminary 

For Information Contact: 

Ashland Theological Seminary 
Ashland, Ohio 



Robert A. Meyerend 

(A young man who is taking "refresher" 
courses at Ashland Theological Seminary) 

MY CALL to the ministry came 
during my high school days, 
and followed my conversion to 
Christ which had occurred pre- 
viously as a result of a Christian 
home and the preaching of the gos- 
pel by my pastor. My first thoughts 
in this direction came as a result 
of a conversation around the sup- 
per table. I had been considering 
several possible vocations, but my 
father asked, "Have you ever 
thought of the ministry?" Until 

then I hadn't, but from that time 
on I began to think more and more 
about this. As time went on, all 
other possible vocations became less 
and less important to me and the 
conviction grew in my heart that 
this was where God wanted me. 
By the time I was prepared to 
enter college I was convinced that 
this was to be my life work. 

My call to the ministry was 
severely tested again and again 
after this. Poor grades my first 

three years at college caused me to 
question my call, for I knew that 
failure to meet the requirements 
would prevent me from entering 
the ministry. Yet, as I prayed and 
worked, laying this problem before 
the Lord, He saw me through, and 
seminary grades (perhaps because 
I was by then married) were much 

My call was again severely tested 
following graduation from semi- 
nary. For I waited eight months 

Pag:e Fourteen 

The Brethren Evangelist 

before receiving a call to my first 
church. Later, it was revealed to 
me that poor health required a 
waiting period to build up my 
health, and I realized that God 
knew what was best for me. How- 
ever, I was impatient and must 
have been hard to live with dur- 
ing those anxious days of waiting. 

God again caused my call to be 
tested after I had been but one 
year in the pastorate when a crisis 
in my pastorate threatened to end 

my ministry. However, my Lord 
was simply teaching me much 
needed lessons, not the least of 
which was humility. 

In 1962 I resigned from the 
church I had pastored four years, 
and we moved to another state 
where the expected immediate call 
to another church did not mate- 
rialize. I wondered if God was 
calling me into some other work. 
I felt I was spiritually exhausted, 
and had no message to preach. I 
was also discouraged about the ap- 

parent lack of results from preach- 
ing and wondered if it was worth 
the effort. Yet, God will not let 
me do anything but preach. I have 
never had any real peace of mind 
except when in a pastorate. Again 
and again Christ has shown me 
where He wants me, and I can do 
no other than go where He wants 
me to go and be what He wants 
me to be. He has confirmed again 
and again my call to the ministry, 
and I rejoice in the privilege of 
serving Him. 


By Dr. J. Allen Miller 

excerpt from a booklet entitled God's Call] 

'"THE ONE overwhelming need of 
1 the Church today is an ef- 
ficient MINISTRY. Efficiency in 
two ways is here thought of, name- 
ly, first as to numbers and secondly 
as to ability. A Church is crippled 
beyond all possible thought when 
her Ministry is weak and inefficient 
from an educational point of view; 
but she is doubly so when weak 
because of lack of consecration and 
spirituality. When her ministry 
lacks in numbers it is as well a 
matter of deep concern. Every man 
in the ranks of our Ministry at 
present who is at all worthy of 
the name and the Lord whose in- 
terests he represents must feel an 
intense concern about our Ministry. 
Every member and every single 
congregation must indeed give this 
subject the most serious and 
prayerful consideration. TOO FEW 

We need a Ministry removed 
from professionalism. We need a 
body of men devoted to this work 
that is free from the entangling 
and alluring activities of the busi- 
ness, the social and the political 
fields. We need men whose Min- 
istry is not a side issue but THE 
ONE THING. Paul in his pastoral 
instructions wi'ites thus: "No sol- 
dier in service entangleth himself 

in the affairs of this life; that he 
may please him that enrolled him 
as a soldier." II Timothy 2:4. It 
we pray for. 

What the distinguishing marks 
of such a Ministry are we shall 
now see. Let every man meet the 
divine requirements of the Word 
of God. Let them be fully met spir- 
itually and educationally. Then: 

I. We Shall Have a Ministry 
With a Character. First of all let 
it be known that no man can take 
this honor to himself. It must come 
by divine appointment. There must 
be the consciousness of the call of 
God to His work. Read the Epistles 
of Paul and note the ring of au- 
thority from God in every line. 
Is it the need of the Church, the 
direct call of the Church, some 
providence of God, some deep and 
vital experience in your life, some 
overwhelming conviction, your tal- 
ent and your opportunity, or the 
persistent insistence of a friend? 
— any one of these or something 
else, whatever it is you must know 
it is the call to this work before 
you dare presume to enter upon it. 
Only some such thing as here indi- 
cated can give character to your 
Ministry should you enter upon 
this work. This is not all but lack- 

ing this you will lack all. It is 
the conscious recognition of this 
Divine Must that will take the scat- 
tered jewels of other requisites and 
bind them together into one strand 
of perfected power for service. The 
CALL to this work carries with it 
TION. No man unwilling to pay the 
price in time and sacrifice to make 
the best possible preparation can 
be sure of God's call. And no man 
who is unwilling to cleanse him- 
self from all defilement of flesh 
and Spirit is fit for the holy work 
of the Gospel Ministry. CHARAC- 
TER in Christ Jesus and the en- 
duement of the Holy Spirit, — these 
a man must have. God gives us 
a Ministry with character! 

II. A Ministry With the Sense 
of Responsibility. Responsibility to 
God stands first. Ministers are sent 
of God, to Him they must give ac- 
count. A man is responsible to God 
for the word he preaches to the 
people, for the instruction he gives 
them, for the care of the souls 
committed to him. He is responsible 
to God for the manner in which 
he does his work and the spirit 
in which he does it. The Minister 
is responsible to the Church that 
commissions him in the name of 
her Lord. Pray that our Ministers 

March 2, 1963 

Page Fifteen 

may feel keenly the awful respon- 
sibility that rests upon them. 

III. A Ministry With a Passion. 
The soul without Jesus is LOST. 
Men without Christ die. We have 
the words of life and light. The 
Anointed Minister has an undying 
passion for the Lost all around 
him, yea, in all the WORLD. A 
passion for lost souls! Ah, God, put 
it into the heart of every Minister 
of the Church. Then there is also 
the passion of the message and 
the passion for the Truth of God's 
Word. There is love for the toil 
and hardship of the service of the 
Lord. An Anointed Ministry feels 
the burden of all these things upon 
its heart. God help us. Brethren 
pray for us lest our zeal grow cold 
and we become indifferent and 

IV. A Ministry Responsive to 
God's Will. Here too we need to 
take warning for we are so prone 
to inject our wills into our tasks. 
Entire consecration to the service 
of God is needed. This means that 

the worldly and the temporal ele- 
ments of life must give way to 
the spiritual and eternal. As be- 
tween the fealty of the soul to 
Jesus and obligation to wife or 
children or dearest friend or most 
cherished human concern there 
never can be any question. IT 
MUST BE JESUS. If God's will 
takes one to the farthest corners 
of the earth into the densest ig- 
norance and evil no question can 
be raised. If it is the call to face 
death it must be met in full as- 
surance of faith. Whether we live 
or die is of little consequence in 
itself. But it is of supreme im- 
port as to whether we do GOD'S 
WILL. Places of ease and opulence 
may lure us. We should fear lest it 
be the temptation of the devil. 
"Calls" tempt as well as spirits 
and many a call is made and ac- 
cepted in which transaction neith- 
er the ones calling nor the one 
accepting consulted the Will of 
God. Will any man among our Min- 
istry answer as before Jesus' throne 

of judgment why a call from a 
strong congregation with a large 
salary is construed as coming from 
God rather than the appeal of a 
needy community for help? CON- 
SECRATION, — this is the one 
word whose meaning we must learn 
at the foot of the cross of Christ. 
A surrendered life consecrated to 
God will be responsive to the Di- 
vine Will always. 

Oh, Church of God pray for 
an anointed Ministry. Oh, Breth- 
ren of the Ministry let there be a 
searching of heart and a new sur- 
render. Given a Ministry Anointed 
of God with the character of Men 
of God, clean and cultured, strong 
and high-minded, anointed with an 
overwhelming sense of responsibil- 
ity and a burning and unquench- 
able passion for souls and for Je- 
sus, and withal keenly alive and 
responsive to the Will of God, — 
given I say, SUCH A MINISTRY 
FAITH and our Church will under 
God do her heaven-appointed work. 


"THE DIRECTION, life and work 
of a denomination is shaped by 
trained leaders." Thus speaks a 
minister who has served both as 
a pastor and as a seminary teacher. 
Training pastors and ministers, and 
church leaders and workers, is the 
most significant work done by a 
denomination. There may be some 
dissent from that opinion, but it 
is worthy of serious consideration. 

Unless he is entirely unaware or 
insensible of the tremendous re- 
sponsibility which devolves upon 
him, the man who becomes the 
pastor of a church without being 
adequately trained feels engulfed 
in insecurity. He cannot feel other- 
wise, for every man, trained or un- 
trained, either sooner or later feels 
overwhelmed with the awesome 
task which is his for God and man. 

It would seem that the Brethren 
Church is developing a conscious- 
ness of the increased effectiveness 
of a man's ministry which results 
from a complete course of theo- 
logical training. This has begun to 

cause God-called young men vol- 
untarily to plan a complete col- 
lege course, and three more years 
of study in seminary beyond col- 

Ministerial students are making 
the "sacrifice" of time and effort 
and money to go to seminary, be- 
cause of evidence that seminary 
training will go a long way to help 
them be more effective witnesses 
for Christ. More and more the lead- 
ership of the Brethren Church is 
made up of seminary alumni. The 
significant strengthening of the 
Bible department in Ashland Col- 
lege has affected the Ashland min- 
isterial student's attitude toward 
academic ability in his ministry 
where ideas and understanding are 
important. The rising level of ed- 
ucation in America has made it 
clear that if minsters are to keep 
pace with their contemporaries, 
who go into everything from agri- 
culture to medicine, they must ac- 
quire maximum training. The com- 
plexity of modern church organi- 

zation and programs simply de- 
mands an immense amount of 

These are probably some of the 
human infiuences behind the lead- 
ership of the Holy Spirit which di- 
rects men to conclude that a short- 
cut education means a ministry cut 
short of its maximum usefulness. 

Those who plan to spend a life- 
time in the ministry must develop 
insights and understanding both 
of the revelation of God and those 
to whom the revelation is ad- 
dressed. A seminary is not the only 
place where such insights may 
grow, but there is no alternative 
as likely to produce it. 

Let us pray that the Lord of 
the harvest will send forth laborers 
into his harvest. If God calls a 
man to the ministry, the seminary 
can help him to be a better min- 
ister. If God does not call him, 
the seminary cannot make him a 
minister at all. 

( An adaptation ) . 

Page Sixteen 

The Brethren Evangrelist 


"TPHE MINISTRY is a profession 
1 which allows a man to spend 
his whole life in helping others. 
That is his business. The com- 
munity supports him for that pur- 
pose. A man in business sometimes 
gives one night a week to a boys' 
club. As he becomes interested in 
the individual boys he goes to see 
them in their homes. Then he 
becomes interested in the parents. 
He sees conditions in American 
homes which need radical reform. 
He knows that only personal ser- 
vice can effect this reform. He 
wishes he could give three nights a 
week and several days each week 
to the beguiling work for his boys. 
But he cannot. After all, he must 
give his chief attention to his busi- 
ness that his family may be sup- 
ported, and that his colleagues in 
business may know that he is not 
shirking his share of the work. In- 
evitably he must look with envy 
upon the parson who is set free 
to spend all his time in doing just 
such work as his boys' club opens 
to him in vision. 

The best men long to serve. Ev- 
ery good man tries to do what he 
can for others. The ministry sets 
a man free to spend all his time 
in service. 

You will instantly think of the 
doctor and teacher. Their lives, too, 
are dedicated to doing unselfish 
good; and the world would be a 
forlorn place without them. All 
honor to them in their superb 
service! But their work is essen- 
tially limited to the bodies and 
minds of men. It is quite true that 
many a doctor heals the sick soul 
of his patient, and many a teacher 

builds up the soul of his pupil, 
but that is not their necessary 
function. Insofar as they bestow 
these larger benefits, they are en- 
tering the special domain of the 

The ministry helps in any way 
it can: it teaches, it binds up 
wounds, it gives bread; but its es- 
sential function is to help men 
in the highest and deepest places 
in their lives. When they are glad, 
the ministry tries to make them 
generous with their joy; when they 
are grief-stricken, the ministry 
tries to give them hope; when 
they have confessed awful sin, the 
ministry tries to open the door 
of their despair into genuine re- 
pentance and the assurance of 
God's forgiveness. The very best 
part of the work of the ministry 
is hidden because it is confidential. 

It is a great thing, when you 
have reached a high or a deep 
place in life, to know that there is 
a man in the community to whom 
you have a right to go. Your friend 
might be bored or shocked; your 
family might be incredulous or dis- 
tressed. The parson, you discover, 
exists for this very purpose: he 
is to help men in the high and the 
deep places in life. He may fail. 
But he will try. And what you 
tell him, no one else in the world 
will be told. 

If it is a great thing when you 
are exalted or abased to know that 
there is such a would-be helper of 
mankind, think what it must be 
to be that man himself. Can you 
imagine how he must rejoice that 
men, whether many or few, count 
on him in the critical moments of 

life? Do you think he envies any 
famous man his fame, any rich 
man his riches, any powerful man 
his power? No; there is no place 
in life which he would exchange 
for his own place. He is thrilled 
with the thought that he is ex- 
pected to help men in the heights 
and the depths, and he reaches out 
with all his might not to disap- 
point them. 

This help is given in various 
ways. It is often given face to face. 
It is quite as often given by ser- 
mons, which are straight attempts 
to speak to a congregation as one 
would speak to an earnest friend 
who wished to reflect upon the se- 
crets of a good life — begun, con- 
tinued, and ended in God. Oc- 
casionally the help is given by an 
official act like a baptism or a 
marriage or a funeral into which 
the personality of the minister has 
been poured, because he himself 
has been deeply moved. His voice 
has unconsciously revealed how 
much he cares; and therefore men 
suspect how his Master cares. The 
help is also given in the Lord's 
Supper, or Holy Communion, when 
the people, obeying the command 
of Christ, comes especially near 
not only to one another but to 
Christ Himself, so that their lives 
are fused in Him and His life enters 
into them in the simplicity of a 
mutual loyalty and a loving faith. 
Really there is no end of the ways 
in which a man serves, once he 
takes the service of Christian min- 
istrations as his one and only busi- 
ness in life. 

Charles Lewis Slattery, 
The Ministry, pp. 8-12. 


Generation follows generation — yet it lives. 

Nations rise and fall— yet it lives. 

Kings, dictators, presidents come and go — yet it lives. 

Hated, despised, cursed — yet it hves. 

Doubted, suspected, criticized — yet it lives. 

Condemned by atheists — yet it lives. 

Scoffed at by scorners — yet it lives. 

Misconstrued and misstated — yet it lives. 

Its inspiration denied — yet it lives. 

Yet it lives — as a lamp to our feet. 

Yet it lives — as a light to our path. 

Yet it lives — as the gate to Heaven. 

Yet it lives — as a standard for childhood. lives — as a guide for youth. 

Yet it lives — as an inspiration for the matured. 

Yet it lives — as a comfort for the aged. 

Yet it lives — as food for the hungry. 

Yet it lives — as water for the thirsty. 

Yet it lives — as rest for the weary. 

Yet it lives — as light for the unbeliever. 

Yet it lives — as salvation for the sinner. 

Yet it lives — as grace for the Christian. 

To know it is to live it. 

To love it is to accept it. 

To accept it means life eternal. 

Marcli 2, 1963 

Pago Seventeen 


to remind all readers and churches 
that we recently had a very fine 
appeal for our institution at Flora, 
Indiana. What will Brethren do 
about it? Reading a good appeal 
is not enough. Our Board is 
taking care of more people, with 
labor and food costs higher every 
year. Our offerings and gifts do 
not measure up. Will we allow our 
Board to continue drawing from re- 
serve funds, to meet the monthly 
bills? This type of operation is 
distasteful to them and is surely 
poor procedure. We have not only 
the above named costs, but we 
do need, seriously need, MORE 
SPACE. We need space for the 

sick and total invalids. This is 

A few years ago it seemed hardly 
possible that the time should come 
so soon when extra space at our 
Church Home would be in such 

We must answer the appeal. Why 
put it off? Make that gift NOW 
or take steps to contribute to this 
worthy institution this very week. 
This is a lovely opportunity to 
serve. We serve our Lord by help- 
ing to care for people like those 
who dwell at our Christian insti- 
tution. Further, it is our very defi- 
nite obligation to assist in the pro- 
gram of this Christian institution. 
Aged ministers, widows and others 
must have our consideration, while 

at the Home or in the care of 
loved ones. These are they who 
helped with many a load in the 
past years of the Church. 

PEOPLE OF GOD! we are not 
facing the impossible. This is our 
Lord's work through us. We are 
the channels of His blessings. 

this month. We will send these 
gifts through our local church or 
directly to a member of the Breth- 
ren's Home Board, preferably the 
Treasurer. We cannot live to our- 
selves and yet serve in His name. 

Prayerfully, heed the call. 
Earl M. Riddle, 
Roanoke, Indiana. 

(A former member of this 
Board) . 

Sunday School Suggestions 

from the National S. S. Board 

Dick Winfield 


I meant to study all the week and very carefully 

I meant to kneel — yes, every day and bear each pupil 

up in prayer. 
But I was weary and I found so many things that 

I must do — 
Important things that could not wait— the week was 

gone before I knew. 

I meant to visit several homes, and mail some cards 

to absentees 
To let them know that they were missed, for such 

a word is sure to please. 
And often brings them quickly back. But somehow 

every day went by. 
And not a single card I sent. And now I ask, "Why 

didn't I?" 

•So this morning when I rose I tried to study while 

I ate. 
I briefly read my quarterly, and hurried out, five 

minutes late. 
I found them singing, and I dropped breathless, 

ashamed, into my seat. 
For I intended to be there that I the earliest child 

might greet. 

Time for the lessons, and a group of eager voices beg 

their turn 
To quote by heart the memory verse which I, alas, 

forgot to learn. 
And so I stumbled through the hour, and built with 

stubble, hay and wood — 
Instead of gold and precious stones and silver, as 

His servants should. 

Go feed my lambs, was His command, and shall I 

hope for them to live 
On little morsels such as this, when mighty feasts 

are mine to give? 
Forgive me. Lord, that I should treat Thy Word in 

such a shameful way, 
And may I never stand again defeated, as I've done 


— Barbara Ryberg 

The experience which is related in this poem is 
one which, I'm sure, is known to many of us who 
stand before Brethren Sunday School classes, one 
which has occurred more frequently, perhaps, than 
we would care to admit. 

It is not that our intentions have not been good, 
but through neglect and procrastination these in- 
tentions have not been carried out. Good intentions 
are of little or no value unless they are acted upon. 
We need to be diligent about our responsibility as 
Sunday School teachers. The greatest danger we face 
is that our defeats will become so common that we 
are no longer bothered by them. We need to pray 
the prayer at the end of the poem, "Forgive me. Lord, 
that I should treat thy Word in such a shameful 
way. And may I never stand again defeated, as I've 
done today." 

I'agp Eighteen 

The Brethren Evangelist 


TT has been a long time since I 
greeted you with news from the 
Kentuclcy area. Correspondence is 
forced to take a "baclc seat" when 
there are so many things to look 
after. There has been no time to 
be idle! We can assure you that 
there is joy in being busy, espe- 
cially when we are serving our 

4-H Work 

Starting with the New Year we 
began to work with the 4-H girls 
on their sewing projects. Thirty 
girls started their projects and 
twenty completed them by April 15. 
More than 200 hours were spent 
teaching this phase of the pro- 
gram. The twenty garments made 
were entered in the style show at 
the County 4-H Rally in April. 
All garments were blue ribbon gar- 
ments. Two garments represented 
Perry County at the Kentucky 
State Fair in September. The girls 
received second place awards on 
their projects. 

Speaking of other accomplish- 
ments of these girls — two were se- 
lected as county representatives to 
attend the 4-H Club Week held 
each June at the University of 
Kentucky. One of these girls re- 
ceived special instructions there on 
"How to Model." She will assist the 
County Home Demonstration Agent 
in conducting the Perry County 
4-H Style Show in May. The other 
girl received another honor, too. 
She was the County Champion in 
Foods for this past year. She re- 
ceived a valuable cookbook for her 

During the spring the boys and 
girls of the two local 4-H Clubs pre- 
sented their own Talent Show to 
the most appreciative audience. 

From the numbers presented, a 
specialty act and a club act from 
each club were selected to be en- 
tered in the Perry County 4-H 
Talent Show. The Senior Club Act 
was declared a county winner and 
went on to compete in the District 
4-H Talent Show. 

Brethren Youth Rally 

In April we held a most success- 
ful Brethren Youth Rally with 
more than one-hundred and fifty 
in attendance. Marlin McCann, Na- 
tional Brethren Youth Director, 
and Beverly Summy, National 
Brethren Youth Office Secretary, 
were present and ably assisted in 
presenting an interesting program. 
On September 29 about 35 of us 
journeyed to Riverside for our Fall 
Rally. Splendid services were en- 
joyed by all under the leadership 
of Doran and Nancy Hostetler; Rev. 
Floyd Sibert, pastor of the Mexico, 
Indiana Brethren Church; Rev. 
Marlin McCann, Russ Gordon, Bev- 
erly Summy, Sharon and Phyllis 
Berkshire, DeAnn BenshofT, Joy 
Kring, and James Fields, all Breth- 
ren Youth representatives from 
Ashland College challenged all 
present with their presentations. 

Gospel Team Visits 

During Ashland College's spring 
vacation, a Gospel Team composed 
of five members labored with us. 
Under their leadership and in co- 
operation with local young people, 
one of the finest and most impres- 
sive Easter services was held. The 
contribution of this group will 
long be remembered. 


June saw more than twenty of 
the group journeying to Riverside 

for a week of camping. A most suc- 
cessful camp was held. Two age 
groups were in the camp at the 
same time — intermediates and 
seniors. There were ten graduates, 
the first, in our National Brethren 
Sunday School Camping program. 
We were mighty happy to have 
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wertz, rep- 
resentatives of the S. S. Board, in 
camp for a few days. Their camp- 
ing pictures, music, and "Helping 
Hands" were much appreciated. 

Vacation Bible School 

Three Brethren Youth Crusaders 
came after camp to assist with the 
Vacation Bible School Work. The 
girls were most dedicated and sin- 
cere in their work. They won many 
friends and rendered a valuable 
service for their Master. Four 
schools were conducted. The atten- 
dance, interests, and accomplish- 
ments were the best since I have 
been here. The labors and hard- 
ships of the past years are pay- 
ing dividends. Isaiah 55:11 has 
greater meaning and comfort for 
me — 

"So shall my Word be that goeth 
forth out of my mouth; it shall 
not return unto me void, but it 
shall accomplish that which I 
please, and it shall prosper in the 
thing whereto I sent it." 

Visiting Student Pastor 

James Sluss, ministerial student 
from Ashland Seminary, arrived 
June 17 to spend eleven weeks as- 
sisting with the work. He held the 
regular worship services, adult V. 
B.S., and conducted an extensive 
visitation program. He is quite ver- 
satile with his talents, and made 
marvelous contributions to the pro- 
gram. Jim is highly respected by all 

Marcli 2, 1963 

The following is a 

summary of 



statistics : 











Meadow Branch 












Krypton (adult) 



the folks in this area. He is a 
sincere student of the Word and 
seeks to be a diligent and depend- 
able servant of the Lord. 



A series of classes for young 
people and adults was held last 
spring in Health, First Aid, and 
Civil Defense. Several persons re- 
quested that a similar series of in- 
struction be given again this fall. 
Twenty-eight folks have enrolled 
thus far in these classes. A com- 
bination of Health, First Aid 
and Home Nursing is being given 
twice a week for periods of one 
and a half hours each. 


This summer I had the happy 
privilege of taking the abbreviated 
instruction in Frank Laubach's lit- 
eracy program — "Each One Teach 
One." Thus far I have not taught 
an illiterate to read or write. I do 
hope to make use of this won- 
derful knowledge. 

Many spiritual blessings have 
been mine as I have attended the 
annual conference of the Council 
of Southern Mountains and its re- 
gional meetings, the Southeastern 
District Conference of the Brethren 
Church, our own National Confer- 
ence, as well as the W.M. S. Rally 
held at Tiosa, Indiana, and then on 

Page Nineteen 

to speak in several of the Indiana 
churches. Another great spiritual 
lift came in October when I had 
the happy privilege of helping a 
Camp of Gideons from Indiana dis- 
tribute New Testaments and Bi- 
bles in the schools of Perry County. 
These men need to be commended 
for their great interest in the dis- 
tribution of the Word of God. 

Visitors and Contributions 

Visitors have come from far and 
near. The Christian fellowship has 
been most appreciated. Your con- 
tributions of supplies and money 
have helped in many ways to 
strengthen the program. Thank 
you, seems so trite in trying to tell 
you we appreciate all you have 

As we begin the new year, let us 
resolve, with the help of God, to 
do all in our power to bring un- 
derstanding among men. By so 
doing, may we instill a desire for 
lasting peace among all nations. 
Yours to do God's will, 
Margaret E. Lowery. 


Dear Friends: 

We hope this New Year brings 
you much joy in serving our Lord 
Jesus. We have been enjoying all 
the lovely Christmas cards and let- 
ters which we have received. Con- 
tinually you are all in our thoughts 
and prayers. 

We had a very nice Christmas 
this year. I think our Christmas 
program was the nicest we have 
had here at Mtaororo Church. Peo- 
ple from six different villages came, 
some from 4 or 6 miles away. As 
each group came in they were 
singing about the birth of Jesus. 
We had the service outside since 
there was not enough room in the 
church. There must have been over 
600 people. The Christmas play was 
presented by the local people. 

Saturday was our regular Wo- 
men's meeting. We had 20 women 
present. Seven of our women 
brought a report about the Gun- 
dama. The Gundama is a Bible 
conference or a spiritual life Re- 
treat. This was held at Wamdeo. 

Our women had planned to get a 
lorry at Mioika and go as far as 
Uba. But it happened no lorry came 
that day so they had to walk. They 
took a short cut through the bush, 
probably about 17 miles in all. By 
road it is 27 miles. Anyway they 
got lost and didn't arrive until 
about 8 p.m. that evening. On the 
way back from Wamdeo after the 
meeting was over they took a lorry 
to Lassa and then walked the other 
17 miles to Mbororo. Their feet 
were mighty tired by the time they 
got there. But they all said it 
was a wonderful week and it was 
well worth it all. Some had a baby 
on their back, their sleeping mat in 
one arm and their ground guinea 
corn in a basket on their head. 

Our women made $15.00 from 
their peanut farm this year. Also 
we took in about $15.00 in offerings. 
Our expenditures were for the fol- 

1. World Day of Prayer Offering 

2. Theological Scholarship fund 
for one of our Nigerian men 

who is preparing for the min- 

3. Bought clothing for one of our 
evangelists who is a former 

4. Provided food for some of our 
widow ladies in the Church 

5. Transport for the women who 
went to the Gundama for their 
return trip on the lorry 

6. Sent a Nigerian boy to the 
work camp at Garkida. Paid 
for his transportation 

They would like to build a road 
(for the public health project) 
back to the river. They are putting 
medicine in the river bed for the 
eradication of a fly which is caus- 
ing river blindness among the peo- 
ple. We still have almost $15.00 in 
our treasury. But we are going to 
use that to support an outvillage 
evangelist for the year. 

Continue to pray for our women 
that they may grow in wisdom and 
knowledge of God. They pray for 
you all in their meetings. 


Pngc Twenty 

The Brethren Evangelist 

B rethren 


"Why did I quit going? I was 
bored with church because they 
didn't have enough for the young 
people to do." 

Not Enough Activities — Reason No. 

Those ai-e the words of a 16-year- 
old dropout from an evangelical 
church. And the opinion of this 
girl from Baltimore, Maryland, is 
no isolated one. She is voicing the 
number-one complaint that young 
people have against church — 
there's not enough going on, and 
little opportunity to participate in 
the activities that are available! 
One teen put it this way: "Many 

Meet Your Sponsors 


I \ 

NAME: Antoinette Swenk 

CHURCH: Vandergrift, Pennsyl- 

SPONSOR OF: Juniors for one year 
and Seniors for one year 

MARRIED with three children 
AGES: 5, 10, 13 

THE GROUP: Christmas party, 
making candy 

NAME: Dorothy Rearigh 

CHURCH: Vandergrift, Pennsyl- 

SPONSOR OF: Juniors 

MARRIED with three children 
AGES: 8, 12, 17 

THE GROUP: Christmas party, 
making candy 

churches would hold more young 
people longer if there were more 
activities and if the young people 
were given a larger role in the con- 
ducting of (the) services." 

Nationwide Survey 

Sunday School classes, church 
services, and youth programs are 
not enough, said one out of every 
three teens across the country. 
They were responding to a nation- 
wide survey on youth dropouts, 
made by the Youth and Research 
Commissions of the National Sun- 
day School Association in 1962. 
Questionnaires with both objective 
and subjective questions were dis- 
tributed to 2,023 ministers repre- 
senting more than 25 evangelical 
denominations and a number of 
independent churches in all 50 

Response to the Project 

Six hundred six pastors respond- 
ed to the project — a sizable repre- 
sentative return of 29.8 per cent. 

Of the 606, 117 or 19.3 per cent 
reported that they had no dropouts 
in the past two years. Churches 
that have dropouts total 489 or 80.7 
per cent. Of those 489, only 21 pas- 
tors said they attempted but did 
not succeed in enlisting the co- 
operation of dropouts contacted. 
For the sake of clarity, a dropout 
was defined as "one who has al- 
together discontinued attending 
your church regularly. If he is still 
attending one agency of the 
church, such as Sunday School or 
weekday groups, he should not be 
considered a dropout." 

A total of 331 young people par- 
ticipated by filling out question- 
naires and they come from 42 of 
the 50 states — all except Georgia, 
Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Nev- 

(by Dr. Roy B. Zuck, Director 
of Research, NSSA Research Com- 
mission, Editor of Training Hour 
Publications, Scripture Press Foun- 
dation, Wheaton, 111. Written for 

ada, Rhode Island, Utah, and Ver- 
Too Many Phonies — Reason No. 2 

The pastors encouraged the 
church-deserters to be frank, hon- 
est, and thorough in their replies. 
And they were! 

Writing anonymously, their com- 
ments were candid, brutally frank, 
and often revealed glaring short- 
comings in local churches — among 
the church people as well as the 
church functions. 

For example, an 18-year-old Min- 
nesota girl wrote, "There were too 
many people who were 'holy' on 
Sunday, but the rest of the week 
you would never know they ever 
went to church." This was the 
second outstanding gripe: adult 
Christians are inconsistent and are 
not interested in young people. In 
Denver a non-Christian teen-ager 
who attended church about four 
years complained that "people in 
church were always telling you 
what you should or should not do, 
and they were not any better than 
I was." 

This concern about phonies in 
the church runs high. A boy from 
Nebraska who had gone to church 
"since childhood" put it this way: 
"I believe the church has too many 
people who show partiality and run 
in 'cliques.' Also, there seems to be 
the gossips that start rumors and 
people stray away." 
IVs Boring — Reason No. 3 

The third main reason given by 
teen nonattenders is that church 

March 2, 1963 

Page Twenty-one 


is boring, unchallenging, irrele- 
vant. "I got bored with tiie ser- 
mons and the Sunday School class. 
They did not speak to me or to 
my needs," says a high school grad- 
uate in Indiana who comes from 
a Christian home. In Arkansas an 
unsaved boy griped about same- 
ness. "Every function of the church 
became routine ... Also the Sunday 
School lessons were dry and unin- 
teresting, the teacher could never 
stay on the subject. . .Nothing more 
than repetition." 

"The sermons and lectures in 
church never answered what I 
wanted to know . . . Although I was 
interested, it seemed to get very 
repetitious and boring. Sunday 
School never challenged me." Those 
words come from a boy in a church 
in Iowa, who wanted "more serious, 
down-to-earth discussion groups." 
A boy in a Baptist church in Cali- 
fornia writes, "The people of the 
Fundamental churches do not deal 
with nor face the real problems of 

Teens easily spot the contrast 
between the challenge of public 
school work and unchallenging 
church activities. This is how a 
17-year-old Arizonian expresses it: 
"Young people need to be treated 
more as adults. We do some big 
things in our school program week 
after week but it seems as if the 
program of the church is not 
geared to our needs or interests. 
We don't do much that stimulates 
and challenges us. Doesn't seem 
like it is sometimes worth the effort 
to get ready to get up and go. It 
just didn't seem to touch my life 
too well." 

One girl's candid comments make 
youth leaders wonder if churches 
are really meeting heart-needs of 

young people. "The classes were 
dead and the teacher was so-so. . . 
I now feel pretty strongly that 
somehow the church doesn't at all 
satisfy me, and I seem to be grop- 
ing at something I can't find. I 
am very, very confused." 

Two teens felt that churches of- 
fer nothing significant. "When I 
got old enough to make my own 
decisions, I decided that the church 
was not necessary" (Tennessee) . 
"I guess I don't have any real good 
reason for not attending church, 
but I don't have any real reason 
to attend either" (Nebraska) . And 
both of these young people at- 
tended church for about 11 years, 
though neither of them professes 
to be a Christian! A 15-year-old 
girl in Bakersfleld, California, com- 
plains about being busy. She says, 
"When I get married (soon, I hope) 
I plan to take active part in church 
work. No, it doesn't send me." 

Food for Thought 

These three big reasons — not 
enough activities, adult inconsis- 
tency, and boredom and irrelevance 
— show up enormous areas of 
weakness, not easily rectified. But 
they call for serious examination 
on the part of ministers and youth 
workers. These questions ought to 
be pondered long and hard: 

* What more can we offer our 
youth by way of interesting, 
wholesome youth activities? 

* How can we impress adults 
with the importance of con- 
sistent Christian living? 

* How can our classes, our ser- 
mons, our programs, be more 
relevant, more interesting, 
more challenging, more spirit- 
ually dynamic — to meet the 
soul-needs of today's teens? 



One is distressed to hear par- 
ents speak discouragingly of their 
children taking a positive stand 
for Christ and His church. Such an 
attitude is downright dangerous. 
A year from now that child may 
not want to join the church. 

Parents, you may rue the hour 
you said, "But Johnny, you're really 
too young." Or, "But do you really 
think you understand?" 

If your child is heading toward 
God and good, keep right up with 
him; indeed keep a step ahead 
of him. 

It is a matter of great interest 
to note that most of those who 
lived productive Christian lives 
were saved and baptized while 
young. Talmage declared: "Robert 
Hall, the prince of Baptists preach- 
ers, was converted at twelve years 
of age. Matthew Henry, the com- 
mentator, who did more than any 
man of his century for increas- 
ing the interest in the study of the 
Scriptures, was converted at eleven 
years of age; Isabella Graham, im- 
mortal in the Christian church, 
was converted at ten years of age; 
Dr. Watts, whose hymns will be 
sung all down the ages, was con- 
verted at nine years of age; Jon- 
athan Edwards, perhaps the might- 
iest intellectual that the American 
pulpit ever produced was converted 
at seven years of age; and that 
father and mother take an awful 
responsibility when they tell their 
child at seven years of age, "You 
are too young to connect yourself 
with the church." That is a mistake 
as long as eternity. 

—Kenneth H. Miles, Th.D., 

Pag:e Twenty-two 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 

C. Y. Gilmer 


Foi- honest facing of our sins; 

For loolcing squarely at our cowardice, our smooth 

excuses, our evasions of responsibility; 
For admitting we have loved applause more than 

truth, comfort more than right, success more than 

For confessing our neglect of God, our withdrawal 

from the plight of suffering and lonely men. 

— Kenneth Monroe. 

It compels Him to hide His face from man 
(Isa. 59:2). He says that men are holden with its 
cords (Prov. 5:22). He likens it to a crouching beast 
waiting to destroy its victim (Gen. 4:7). He pictures 
it as an idol before which its devotees bow to their 
own debasement into cruel bondage (Neh. 9:37). 

Sin is lawlessness (1 Jn. 3:4); trespasses or debts 
(Matt. 6:12); a falling short of the divine standard 
(Rom. 3:23); rebellion against God (Isa. 1:2); dis- 
obedience (Eph. 2:2); lack of faith (Rom. 14:23); 
"all unrighteousness" (1 Jn. 5:17); failure to do good 
(Jas. 4:17); rejection of Christ as God's Son and 
Saviour (Jn. 3:18) ; rottenness in the heart (Isa. 1:5b) . 

Sins may be classified as to kinds: "Secret faults" 
(Psa. 19:12); "presumptuous sins" (Psa. 19:13); 
"some... are open beforehand" — proclaiming their 
sentence in advance (1 Tim. 5:24) ; "a sin unto death" 
(1 Jn. 5:6); commission, disposition, omission (Isa. 
59:3, 4); pretense (Matt. 23:27). 

We should well note what a thrice-holy God thinks 
of sin. He marks the sinner, observing his every trans- 
gression (Job 10:14); He hates it (Deut. 25:16); it 
provokes Him to jealousy (1 Kgs. 14:22); it pro- 
vokes Him to anger (1 Kgs. 16:2) ; sin is God's enemy 
(Hab. 1:13); He abhors sins against one's neighbor 
(Prov. 6:16-19). 

God in His faithfulness to man shows how sin takes 
possession of every part of his being: his bones (Job 
20:11); conscience (1 Tim. 4:2); ears (Matt. 13:15); 
eyes (2 Pet. 2:14); feelings (Eph. 4:19); feet (Prov. 
1:16); hands (Psa. 26:10); head (Isa. 1:5); heart 
(Jer. 17:9); lips (Rom. 3:13); mind (Rom. 1:28); 
mouth (Rom. 3:14) ; neck (Deut. 31:27) ; throat (Rom. 
3:13); thoughts (Gen. 6:5); understanding (Eph. 
4:18); way of living (Rom. 3:16, 17); the whole 
body (Isa. 1:6) . 

Sin is against God (Psa. 51:4; Lu. 15:18). Sins 
against others are against God (Gen. 39:9). Sin is 
against self with a terrible backlash (Gal. 6:7, 8). 
"Sin is the one great dividing factor in all human 
relations" (Jas. 4:1). It cuts man off from God (Isa. 
59:2), and damns the soul (Ezek. 18:20). 

God will punish the unpenitent sinner (Isa. 13:11). 
He will recompense the sinner for his sin (Jer. 16: 

18). God's anger will be poured out upon the sinner 
(Rom. 2:6-9). He will cast Him into a lake of fire 
(Rev. 20:15). He will thrust him into a place of un- 
ending torment (Rev. 14:11). The unrepentant sin- 
ner is a hoarder of wrath against himself (Rom. 
2:5) . Hell is a real place made necessary by sin (Matt. 
25:41, 46). 

But God urges the sinner to turn from his sin (2 
Pet. 3:9). He will cleanse the penitent from their 
sins (Rev. 1:5). He will forgive (Acts 10:43), redeem 
(Eph. 1:7), and give spiritual life (1 Jn. 5:11). God 
has a remedy for sin (Col. 1:14). It is the only spe- 
cific for sin (Heb. 9:22). It is in the blood bank of 
Heaven (Heb. 9:12). It is without price (Isa. 55:1). 
Saving faith is to commit one's life to Him (Acts 

"This is the moment 
To repent of our failure and wrong, 
To pray for the help God will give. 
To begin the practicing of the way of Christ, 
To put into every day the realization of His kingdom." 

Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Cari H. Phillips 

Topics copyrighted by the International Council of 
Religious Education. Used by permission. 

Lesson for Maich 3, 1963 
Text: Mark 9:2-8, 35-41 

THE TRANSFIGURATION of the Lord Jesus is a 
very intriguing event in His ministry on earth. 
In living the heavenly way on earth and working 
close to His Father, Jesus never failed to capture at- 
tention and to astound. Those who attended close to 
Him either grew to hate Him because of His blows 
upon their "self" or they grew in devotion and ser- 
vice as they found their life in Him. 

The Transfiguration — 

1. Confirmed Peter's conviction that He was the 
Son of God (Mark 8:29). 

a. John 1:14: "And we beheld his glory, the 
glory of the only begotten of the Father" 
(Heb. 1:3; Rev. 1:13-18). 

b. Mark 9:7: "This is my beloved Son: hear 

2. This was for a moment a tasting again of 
the glory that was His with the Father. He 
stood with those saints of old whom He knew 
well, who were dead and yet were alive. 

This time of transfiguration which the disciples 
witnessed and rejoiced in can be compared to our 
hours of worship with God. There are moments in 
the saints' lives in the hour of congregational wor- 
ship or prayer or in quiet and secret place when they 
feel, and by faith seem to see, the power of the pres- 
ence of Jesus. These are our moments of ecstacy 
but they do not go on without interruption by the 

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rude realities of this present world through which 
we make our pilgrimage. When the hour was over 
for Peter, his first thought was to make huts for 
Moses, Elijah and Jesus. Make tabernacles on earth 
to please those who are enjoying the heavenlies? 
"Peter is not to be ridiculed; he realizes the blessed- 
ness of the experience; however clumsily expressed, 
his desire is to prolong such an ecstatic vision; in 
spite of his fear, he wishes to continue in such bliss- 
ful companionship" (Charles E. Erdman) . 

How is one to leave these moments of Worship? 
Jesus went away from His moment with the Father 
to continue in His service to man. People needed to 
know who He was and why he had come. The dis- 
ciples were soon after quarreling with one another 
as though Jesus did not know it. "Some modern dis- 
ciples might be ashamed of their disputes if they 
realized the presence of their Lord." (C. E. Erdman). 

Worship should leave us humble in service. In wor- 
ship we acknowledge the wonder and power of God. 
In service He still remains our all in all. The spirit 
of the Baptist should contain our feelings. "He must 
increase, but I must decrease" (John 3:30). 

The worship of heart and voice in a sacred meeting 
place will please God. However it must be confirmed 
by our service to man (Mark 9:37-42). God's own 
cathedral is that of living souls (Rev. 21:3). 

True worship of God will unite His people in ser- 
vice. God does care what we believe about Him. Other 
than these basic qualifications we find that we are 
not so divided as some are wont to make out. Denomi- 
national differences and religious garb are of little 
consequence to those who are one in Christ. They 
may not be of our particular church but their fruit 
shows that they are our brothers. 

Worship of God is of no consequence if it does not 
serve to confirm us in our work. It is of no value 
if it is not confirmed by work. The work may not 
be of a world shaking nature but the giving of a drink 
of water is noted in heaven. 

Lesson for March 10, 1963 


Text: Mark 10:32ab, 35-45 

TAMES AND JOHN, led by their mother, came to 
" Jesus desiring a place of high authority. She wants 
only the best for her sons. It appears that they have 
in mind a kingdom patterned after an earthly king- 
dom. Born in the world, living and dealing with the 
world, they have not yet been able to transcend its 
ideals. Can there be a kingdom not of this world? 
Can there be ideals and a form of greatness not yet 
recognized by the world? 

None of these disciples desired to be any other 
place than with Jesus. They would not want to be any 
less in character and faith than Jesus would want 
them to be. They may even want to give their very 
best in service to Jesus and hope to reach this high 
place of service by serving in a high office. Even 
though they may have looked for the best they looked 
in the wrong direction to attain it. 

The victory, the crown of life and the scepter to 
reign with Jesus will be attained first of all by fol- 
lowing Jesus (Matt. 16:24, Mark 10:38, 39). "One 

cannot have victory without a battle! Character with- 
out conflict! Perfect love without suffering!" (Tenny- 
son). To be baptized with Christ's baptism (Mark 
10:39) is to enter completely into life and service 
with Him, going through His Gethsemane, hanging 
on Calvary with Him and finally rising with Him in 
the resurrection. Rom. 8:18: "For I reckon that the 
sufferings of this present time are not to be com- 
pared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." 
The kind of service that brings joy to God is not 
that which is carried out as a dictator or by a heart 
that suppresses the voice of others. Great service 
can be measured by its patience and humility. If we 
would be first we must learn the secret power in be- 
ing last. Jesus set the example by ministering to the 
needs of others. He became our Saviour by what He 
was able to do for us. 

Spiritual Meditations 

Dyoll Belote 


"Yea, thou shalt be steadfast, and shalt not fear." 
Job 11:15b. 

UPON ONE OCCASION a party of travelers were 
crossing a stormy lake on a very rough day, and 
theirs was the last boat to make the crossing for 
that day, so all were very anxious that they should 
have a safe passage. As they came to a particularly 
rough part of the lake, the choppy waves splashed 
some of the passengers with the icy cold water. As 
more waves splashed over the sides of the boat, signs 
of a panic developed and it became evident that a 
panic might develop and all might be lost if the boat 
should be capsized. Something had to be done. One 
of the sailors spoke quietly, but firmly: "If you will 
all keep your places in the boat, we will get you 
safely to land." 

We need to remember that always there have been 
occasional stormy passages on the sea of life. Even 
in our day, there are many problems before us, mul- 
titudes of fears and worries to unnerve and frighten 
us. Hope for the future and faith in God may some- 
times tend to wax a bit dim. But the Christian knows 
that he has one in whom he can always trust, be- 
cause He is the never-failing Lord. Christians can 
hear the voice of the one who stilled the waves of 
Galilee, as he calmed the fears of His affrighted dis- 
ciples at the sea of Galilee: "Be of good cheer, — 
be not afraid." 

Our steadfast faith and trust in Him who redeemed 
us will quiet our fears, and the fears of others, and 
inspire in them new courage and the ability to live 
victorious lives. 

A Holy Life does not live in the closet, but it can't 
live without the closet, for everything vital to good- 
ness is nourished on closet "air". 

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"With thee will 1 establish my covenant." Genesis 6:18. 



"1 will make of thee a great nation." Genesis 12:2. 



"Come now therefore, and 1 will send thee . . . that thou mayest 
bring forth my people . . . out of Egypt." Exodus 3:10. 



"Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel . . . have not 1 
sent thee?" Judges 6:14. 



"Behold, 1 have put my words in thy mouth." Jeremiah 1:9. 



"Son of man, 1 send thee ... to a rebellious nation that hath re- 
belled against me." Ezekiel 2:3. 



"Go prophesy (speak for me) unto my people." Amos 7:15. 


Peter and Andrew 

"1 will make you fishers of men." Matthew 4:18. 



"Arise, and go ... it shall be told thee what thou must do." Acts 

The apostle's total response was of this attitude: 

"1 thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me for that 
Ue counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry." 1 Tim- 
othy 1:12. 

What- has God said to you? 

How ho'ye you answered? 




March 17. 1963 

Official Organ of The Bre+hren Church 

"GOD is our refuge 
and strength, a very 
present help in troub- 

"Therefore will not 
we fear, though the 
earth be removed, and 
though the mountains 
be carried into the 
midst of the sea; 

"Though the waters 
thereof roar and be 
troubled, though the 
mountains shake with 
the swelling thereof." 
Ps. 46:1-3. 

I 8 ^-M 

A REPORT ON 1962— 

by the Field Secretary 

Tr.a.isr cSlHlpSi i 



Editor of Publications . .Rev. W. St. Clair Benshoff 

Board of Editorial Consultants: 

Woman's Missionary Society Mrs. Charlene Rowser 
National Laymen's Organization Floyd S. Benshoff 

National Brethren Youth Beverly Summy 

Missionary Board Mrs. Judith Runyon 

Sisterhood Kay Albright 

Contributing Editors: 
National Sunday School Board . .Richard Winfield 
Sunday School Lesson Comments 

Rev. Carl H. Phillips 

Prayer Meeting Studies Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 

Spiritual Meditations Rev. Dyoll Belote 

Evangelism Rev. J. D. Hamel 

Book Reviews Rev. Richard E. Allison 

Special Subjects Rev. J. G. Dodds 

Pubhshed weekly, except the fourth week in 
July and the last week in December by: 


524 College Ave., Ashland, Ohio 

Phone: 37271 

Terms of Subscription: 

$4.00 per year per subscription. 

Payable in Advance. 

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Accepted for mailing at special rate, section 1103, 
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Remittances: Send all money, business communi- 
cations and contributed articles to above address. 

Prudential Committee: 

A. Glenn Carpenter, President; Rev. Phil Lersch, 
Vice President; Richard Poorbaugh. 

In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "Your Reading Habits" 3 

News from the Brethren 4 

Coming Events 4 

Weddings and Memorials 4 

Report by Field Secretary, John W. Porte .... 5 

Sunday School Suggestions 6 

Progress Reports from Brethren Churches ... 7 

The Brethren Layman 8 

The Brethren Youth 10 

Woman's Missionary Society 

(Program Materials for April) 12 

Sunday School Lesson Comments 17 

Prayer Meeting Bible Study 18 

Sisterhood 19 

Daily Devotions — April 1-7 20 

Spiritual Meditations 21 

Missionary Board 22 



According to the Canadian Army Journal a 
former president of the Norwegian Academy of 
Sciences, aided by historians from England, 
Egypt, Germany, and India came up with some 
fantastic figures and findings: 

Since 3600 B. C. the world has known only 
292 years of peace. During this period there have 
been 14,531 wars, large and small, in which 
3,640,000,000 people have been killed. The value 
of the destruction would pay for a golden belt 
around the world 156 kilometers (97.2 miles) 
in width and 10 meters (about 33 feet) thick. 

Since 650 B. C. there have been 1,656 arms 
races, only 16 of which have not ended in war. 
The remainder have ended in the economic col- 
lapse of the countries concerned. 

Must the poor world say with the Psalmist: 
"Refuge failed me"? Do we seem consigned by 
facts and figures either to war or to collapse? 
When the outlook is worst the uplook is best. 


In the second century they brought a martyr 
before a king. The king wanted him to recant 
and give up Christ and Christianity; but the 
man spurned the proposition. \ 

But the king said, "If you do not do it I shall 
banish you." 

The man smiled and answered, "You cannot 
banish me from Christ; for He says He will 
never leave me nor forsake me." 

The king became angry, and said, "Well, I 
will confiscate your property and take it all 
from you." 

And the man replied, "My treasures are laid 
up on high; you cannot get them." 

The king became still more angry, and said, 
"I will kill you." 

"Why," the man answered, "I have been dead 
forty years; I have been dead with Christ; dead 
to the world; my life is hid with Christ in God, 
and you cannot touch it." 

— Selected. 


Some candidates on a mission field were be- 
ing examined for baptism. They all gave satis- 
factory answers about their salvation and desire 
to follow their Lord in baptism. Only a little 
boy remained to be examined. Said the mission- 
ary, "My boy, you are so young. Possibly you 
don't understand. Hadn't you better wait a while 
to be baptized and become a member of the 
church?" Immediately the others protested, say- 
ing, "Why, he was the one who led all of us to 
the Lord!" 


Bryce Canyon: Natural Bridge from canyon 
rim. Picture courtesy Union Pacific Railroad. 

March 9, 1963 

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WHAT ARE your reading 
habits ? International Pa- 
per Company provides us with 
some very interesting statistics 
concerning the reading habits 
of the people of the United 

In the years since 1940, our 
population has increased 37 per- 
cent, but the sale of books has 
increased 10 times faster than 
our population, or 445 percent. 
Magazine sales are up 110 per- 
cent and newspaper sales are up 
45 percent. Daily newspapers go 
into over 86 percent of our 

A parallel drawn between this 
great increase in the produc- 
tion and sale of printed mate- 
rials and the number of high 
school graduates reveals the fact 
that since 1940 the number of 
persons who have a high school 
education or better, has in- 
creased 62 percent. 

Literacy here in the United 
States, as well as around the 
world, is increasing. More and 
more people are able to read. 
More and more people are read- 
ing more than ever before. In 
spite of other means of com- 
munication and teaching, read- 
ing is on the increase. The point 
is, "What are people reading? 
What are you reading?" 

In the Brethren Church, the 
need for additional reading and 
teaching materials is evident. 
The Brethren Book and Pamph- 

let Commission is seeking to 
meet this need. Also, a few 
years ago our adult Bible Class 
Quarterly was increased from 
48 to 68 pages a quarter to pro- 
vide additional materials. To 
meet the growing needs of our 
denomination for information 
about our church and its pro- 
gram, our church paper has gone 
through several size increases 
from 16 pages a week to the 
present 24 pages. 

We do not have Evangelist 
circulation figures for the 1940 
decade or we would present fig- 
ures on present-day circulation 
in relation to that of years ago. 
Sufficient to say that there is 
still room for growth in the cir- 
culation of our church paper 
among the Brethren. 

Yes, we ask the question, 
"What are you reading?" We 
are concerned, because it is evi- 
dent that what we read becomes 
the moral and intellectual fiber 
of our soul ! Examination of 
some of the books which have 
come from book clubs, best sel- 
lers, etc., indicates that much of 
what is offered to the public and 
is read by them is nothing more 
than moral filth and dirt. Even 
the so-called better magazines 
which come to our homes today 
seem hardly able to go to press 
without containing fiction sto- 
ries which glorify such things as 
drinking, immorality, and about 
every sin of the moral code to- 
day. Newspapers play up the 

lurid and bizarre in the day's 
happenings because they know 
that that is what most of the 
people want to read. 

Much material coming from 
the nation's presses today is of 
a propaganda nature. Commun- 
ist literature seems to find easy 
access to many homes. Obscene 
literature continues to buck the 
laws against it in its effort to 
reach our homes to contami- 
nate the minds of our youth. 
Religious printed matter is 
turned out by false isms in car- 
load lots. All this is a part of 
the reading explosion aimed at 
the hungry minds of our people. 

It appears that any real cen- 
sorship against unwholesome 
and damaging printed materials 
must be that which we set up 
for ourselves. When we fully 
realize that our actions are go- 
ing to emulate what we have 
read, it behooves us to be cer- 
tain that we read such mate- 
rials as will strengthen and up- 
build our moral and spiritual 
nature. Then, with such fortifi- 
cation, M'e can meet the on- 
slaught of the flood of immoral 
and unchristian literature, and 
learn to wrest ourselves away 
from its enticement. Our read- 
ing habits must be such that 
we can discipline ourselves to 
search the Word of God for 
spiritual strength, and then 
branch out into such literature 
as befits a child of God. W.S.B. 

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HAGERSTowN, MD. Brother George 
W. Solomon reports that on his 
last Sunday as pastor of the Hag- 
erstown church, February 24th, 
seven new members were received 
into the church. 

Brother Solomon has now taken 
up his work as pastor of the Louis- 
ville, Ohio, church. 


Guest speaker at services on Feb- 
ruary 24th in the Sergeantsville 
and Calvary churches was Rev. 
Henry J. Heijermans. 

viNco, PA. One new member was 
received into the church on Feb- 
ruary 3rd. 

The Boys' Brotherhood public 
service was held the evening of 
February 17th. Ashland ministerial 
student from Vinco, Bill Walk, was 
the scheduled speaker for the ser- 

neth C. Mock, a former pastor in 
the Brethren church writes as fol- 
lows: "The Brush Valley Breth- 
ren Church called Kenneth C. Mock 
as their pastor, January 20th. He 
has now moved onto the field and 
is working full time as the pastor 
of the church." 

SMiTHViLLE, OHIO. The Boys' 
Brotherhood public service was 
scheduled for March 3rd with Ash- 
land ministerial student, Russ Gor- 
don, as the speaker. 

Ashland ministerial student, Paul 
Steiner, is the scheduled speaker 


BRYAN, OHIO. Revival Services — 
Mar. 10-22~ReY. Robert L. Kep- 
linger. Evangelist; Rev. Smith F. 
Rose, Pastor. 

ELKHART, INDIANA. Revlval Meet- 
ings — Mar. 25-Apr. 5— Rev. William 
H. Anderson, Evangelist; Rev. J. 
Milton Bowman, Pastor. 

for March 10th services in the 
Smithville church. 

The Father and Son banquet is 
scheduled for March 11th, with Dr. 
J. Garber Drushal as the speaker. 


member was received by baptism on 
February 24th. 

public service was held the evening 
of February 17th. 


Swihart became the bride of Jack 
L. Butts in a 6:30 P.M. ceremony, 
February 9th, in the Tiosa First 
Brethren Church. The new Mrs. 
Butts is the daughter of the Rev. 
Wayne Swihart, who performed the 
double ring ceremony, assisted by 
the Rev. Amos Mast. The bride- 
groom's parents are Mr. and Mrs. 
J. L. Butts, of Rt. 5, Rochester, In- 

Mrs. Otto Kath, 
Church Correspondent. 


LEMASTER, Charles A. LeMaster, 
79, faithful member of the Brigh- 
ton Chapel Brethren Church for 
46 years, passed to his eternal re- 
ward, Feb. 14. Survived by his wife, 
one son, two daughters and a fos- 
ter son. Services by the pastor. In- 
terment, Brighton Cemetery. 

Albert O. Curtright, Pastor. 

COUSINS. Fred Cousins passed 
to his eternal rest, Feb. 8. Active 
member of the Brush Valley Breth- 
ren Church since 1915. Was born 
Aug. 2, 1879. Services by the pas- 
tor, assisted by Rev. Gerald Hooks. 
Interment, Myers Cemetery, near 
Kittanning, Pa. 

Kenneth C. Mock, Pastor. 


TORONTO, ONT. (EP) — A retired 
Anglican archdeacon here lives 
happily and industriously with a 
"power-driven" heart. 

Archdeacon A. C. McCollum, 75, 
is one of 12 Ontario residents who 
have been fitted out with "pace- 
makers" by Canadian heart sur- 

The pacemaker is a silver dollar- 
sized disc, powered by transistor 
batteries, placed upon the clergy- 
man's back. Two wires connect it 
to the heart muscle and keep his 
heart pumping at a steady 73 beats 
per minute. 

Archdeacon McCollum, still ac- 
tive in Anglican programs, was in- 
troduced to the press as the On- 
tario Heart Fund opened its cam- 
paign to secure citizen support for 

Before Dr. Ray Heimbecker op- 
erated on him and installed the 
pacemaker, the elderly clergyman 
suffered frequent dizzy spells and 

The new gadget, he explained to 
the press, permits him to enjoy 
life to the full. 

There are some drawbacks — all 
minor, he said. 

"I mustn't use electric razors and 
I can't allow the barber to use 
electric clippers on my hair," he 
added with a laugh. "Can't use an 
electric blanket. . .or change a light , 
bulb... or install a fuse." 

"But," he said, "this amazing 
gadget is a godsend." 


WASHINGTON, D. c. (EP) — ^Address- 
ing the annual Presidential Prayer 
Breakfast sponsored by Interna- 
tional Christian Leadership here on 
Thursday, February 7, President 
Kennedy declared, "We cannot de- 
pend solely on our military power, 
our economic strength or our in- 
tellectual abilities to see us safely 
through. We need faith — the kind 
of faith that has guided this na- 
tion through 175 years." 

Attending the breakfast in the 
Mayflower Hotel here were Chief 
Justice Warren and other members 
of the Supreme Court, most of the 
members of the President's Cabi- 
net, Speaker John W. McCormack, 
Dem.-Mass., and some 200 other 

March 9, 1963 

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AT '62 

by Field Secretary, 

well into the new year of 
1963. We may take some measure 
of pride in looking back on the 
year just past, and we shall. How- 
ever, we look back only in the 
form of a report to our brethren. 
Pride goeth before the fall and 
we Brethren have too far to go, 
too much to be accomplished be- 
fore we may rest on the oars. I 
pray this day will never come un- 
til the day our Lord comes in all 
His glory. 

Our efforts, through our World 
Mission program, are increasing if 
but slowly. We are moving ahead: 

The Brethren Youth project 
"Wheels for Nigeria" re- 
ceived great response. 

Forty-two young people in our 
cqllege and seminary, train- 
ing for Full Time Christian 
Service and several of these 

planning for foreign service, 
in His name. 

Two young people, with college 
behind them, awaiting and 
pondering the will of the 
Lord in their lives. 

Raymond and Marilyn Aspinall 
in Costa Rica and in training 
for their work in Argentina, 
soon to start this work. 

The new Training Center in 
Argentina. You have pur- 
chased a property in a rural 
area. This property is to be 
used to train and/or retrain 
people of the Argentine who 
wish to give themselves to 
a full time Christian service. 
The lack of this facility in 
the past has cost and lost us 
many able and capable peo- 
Home Missions and church ex- 
tension work continues to go for- 

ward. The work in Kentucky is 
growing and moving. Riverside 
Christian Training School at Lost 
Creek is enjoying one of its bet- 
ter years. The staff has been 
strengthened by the addition of 
members, improving facilities, staff 
members availing themselves of ad- 
ditional schooling and training, and 
last but not least, your continued 
interest in prayer. 

Church extension must go on 
and we must enlarge and widen 
our borders. Where there are peo- 
ple, there are souls to be won for 
Christ. During the past year these 
events have taken place: 

Derby, Kansas — here a new 
congregation has been 
formed; they have purchased 
a site in a growing commun- 
ity; they have purchased a 
very suitable home for a 
meeting place and later to 
be their parsonage. 

Newark, Ohio — has turned the 
sod for their new building 
which is well under way to- 
ward construction. 

Washington, D. C, area — 
through your efforts and the 
Ten Dollar Club, you, togeth- 
er with the Southeastern 
District can pioneer a work 
in another growing commun- 

Stockton, California — a needed 
relocation is under way with 
the purchase of a new site 
and construction under way. 
This has been a California 
District effort that has had 
an effect on the entire group. 

Tucson, Arizona — your Ten 
Dollar Club efforts here have 
resulted in a solid group of 
witnesses. They have found 
it necessary to make another 
addition to their church this 

Sarasota, Florida — again a Ten 
Dollar Club church is find- 
ing itself and an addition 
here was necessary. 

Mishawaka, Indiana — ^this con- 
gregation dedicated their 
new church this past year 
through mainly their own ef- 
forts. You helped again, 
through the Ten Dollar Club, 
and your prayers and con- 

We could go on and on with this 
listing and even then have ig- 

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nored Miss Lowery and her people 
in Krypton, Kentucky; the work 
in Levittown, Vandergrift, and all 
the others. 

Brethren Youth Crusaders might 
very well hold our future in their 
hands, and great strides have been 
made here: 

Sunday School camps, district 
and local groups are growing. 
The new Scripture Press mate- 
rials will coordinate our 
thinking, our efforts, and our 
Increased interest is evident in 
the Camp Rallys, Youth Ral- 
lys. Youth Retreats. 
A letter from Bob Bischof re- 
cently indicated he has been using 
the new Landrover purchased 
through the efforts of our Breth- 
ren Youth. 

The National Sunday School 
Board has made a great contribu- 
tion to the total church effort. 

The unified Sunday School litera- 
ture, with its graded materials, is 
certain to have a lasting effect on 
our growth both spiritually and 
physically. The past year has seen 
increasing interest in teacher train- 
ing and leadership training: 

The increasing numbers at- 
tending the Sunday School 
institutes and workshops 
have increased the worth and 
outreach of the work. 
Last year, 1263 young people 
attended 23 weeks of camp 
in 10 camping areas. There 
were 142 first time confes- 
sions of faith and 66 young 
people indicated their will- 
ingness to ask God's will in 
their lives by giving them- 
selves as Life Recruits. This 
effort was possible because 
you made it so. 

The National Laymen have taken 
hold of their work in grand style. 
I am proud to be a member of this 
group of men: 

The men have made their first 
contribution to their current 
project of $30,000 to the Sem- 
inary Library and Library 
They have continued their sup- 
port of the Ministerial Stu- 
dent Aid Fund, a matter of 
extreme importance and ur- 
The "Voice of the Brethren 
Church", our new radio ven- 
ture, has been launched. This 
program is now heard on ten 
stations with a listening po- 
tential of a million listeners. 
The men have made an in- 
itial investment of $1,000. 
Each year, new faces are added 
to those attending the Lay- 
men's sessions in the Gen- 
eral Conference. 
Brethren publications, through 
the Brethren Book and Pamphlet 
Commission and the Brethren Pub- 
lishing Company, have seen a defi- 
nite revival: 

The new Brethren Evangelist 
is in its second. full year and 
on its way toward a complete 
acceptance. It is fulfilling a 
great need while winning 
some national recognition 
among religious publications. 
"Our Faith" has been widely 
accepted and used among our 
people for some personal 
studies and also in our group 
A "Brethren Guide" has been 
requested by the last General 
Conference. This publication 
is being prepared and much 
time and effort has been used 

here in the past year. This 
book will be able to answer 
many questions that have 
arisen among our people as 
to Brethren procedures, cus- 
toms, polity, and many other 
Several new tracts, written by 
our people, have been printed 
and are available at the 
Brethren Publishing house. 
Throughout the brotherhood, 
there is an obvious uplift of feeling 
and spirit among our people. We 
have, at times, been discouraged 
and disappointed. Oddly enough, 
these have come from the older 
and supposedly more solid situa- 
tions. The advancements and im- 
provements far outweigh these and 
we are moving: 

General Conference programs 
are increasing in tempo and 
our leaders are taking the 
opportunities to attend and 
participate in increasing 

Communication and under- 
standing among our people is 

Relationships between and 
within our districts are 
The feeling of compassion and 
concern for the total work 
of the church is rising. 
The fields are white, the har- 
vest is ready; we have prayed and 
are praying for the Lord to send 
His own. Many of you are and have 
responded. We pray that more will 
hear His call and answer the need. 
Ask the Lord for His direction in 
your life — there are none too old 
or too young; none too weak or too 
strong. The rewards have been 


An old professor of biology used to hold a little 
brown seed in his hand. "I know just exactly the 
composition of this seed. It has nitrogen, hydrogen, 
and carbon. I know the exact proportions. I can 
make a seed that will look exactly like it. But if I 
plant my seed it will come to naught; its elements 
will simply be absorbed in the soil. If I plant the 
seed that God made, it will become a plant, because 
it contains the mysterious principle which we call 
the life principle." 

This Bible looks like other books. We cannot un- 
derstand altogether its marvelous power. Planted in 
good ground, it shows that it has life principle in 
itself; it brings forth spiritual life; it bears fruitage. 

Sunday School Suggestions 

from the National S. S. Board 

Dick Winfield 

William K. Burgess 

TT IS absolutely amazing what you can do to pro- 
-*• mote your Sunday School through well prepared 

March 9, 1963 

Page Seven 

pieces of direct mail. Here are some suggestions that 
may help you in preparing your mail and making 
effective use of direct mail to promote your school. 

Keep complete mailing lists with correct addresses 
up-to-date. First there is the family mail. This may 
be a weekly or monthly letter or a list you keep for 
special events. It should be complete with every fam- 
ily in your community listed, for which your church 
is responsible. To build and maintain this list it will 
be necessary to assign the responsibility to compe- 
tent individuals who will faithfully look after it. 
Second, there is the department and class mail. This 
mail goes to each member and new scholar of each 
department. It is essential that there be workers fa- 
miUar with each part of your mailing program so 
addressing and handling of the mail is efficient. 
Church people will gladly do this for you if they are 
definitely assigned. Keep the mail going to all of your 
homes. During a contest or special advance send mail 
to every pupil every week. A regular weekly news- 
letter is a warm friendly effective contact. See that 
all special events are publicized through your mail. 

Well prepared brochures left at every home in your 
community is effective publicity. It also provides some- 
thing for the Junior and Junior Hi departments to do. 

The bulletin boards in the foyer and assembly 
rooms have great potential in promotion. The abil- 
ity to get people to prepare posters, announcements, 
etc., is a gift some leaders have and others lack. But 
most churches have artists or at least talented peo- 
ple who will help if they are enlisted. The selling 
power of good display advertising is well known by 
the world— use it for the Sunday School. 

The mail you send out tells people what kind of 
a church you have. Good materials cost little more 
than poor materials. Buy good modern ink for your 
mimeograph. If you want to get the most of your 
mailing program use a mimeograph that prints card 
stock well. The good ink will help in card printing 
as the offset on the back is much more pronounced 
with cards if you use an old oil base ink. 

When you are able to produce good sharp clear 
copies of mail the next step is copy. Have people write 
your copy who are alive and filled with enthusiasm. 
A good artist who is trained to work directly on your 
stencil, or at least someone who can do good tracings 
with a scope will make your mail more attractive. 
The electronic stencil offers a source of help that 
many Sunday Schools neglect. You can copy al- 
most anything by way of a picture on these stencils. 
The use of these with line drawings of your church, 
etc., provides excellent neat personalized and inex- 
pensive letterheads. 

Use a good typewriter— and keep the keys clean. 
No stencil or mimeograph machine can print good 
copy if the typewriter is defective. 

Get an appropriation in your budget and funds for 
adequate supplies. Keep ample materials on hand. 
So many pastors have to run and buy a ream of paper 
and a few cards every time they mail anything. This 
is a great handicap. 

This kind of a program requires time, but if it 
is once organized it will run smoothly and will pro- 
vide a place of service for many church people. 

Progress Reporw 
from . 
Brethren Churches 


On February 10, James E. Haupt, a member of the 
First Brethren Church of Hagerstown, Maryland, was 
presented with the coveted "God and Country Award" 
of Scouting. James worked faithfully for one year 
for this award. In co-operation with the pastor, a 
program was worked out meeting the standard re- 
quirements for this award and James completed suc- 
cessfully each stage of the program. 

The entire morning worship service on February 
10 was given to this theme of God and Country. Boons- 
boro Troop No. 20 of the Boy Scouts (Jimmie's troop) 
was present and took part in the program. Mr. Rod- 
ger Geaslen, church moderator, reviewed the require- 
ments for the award and Mr. Gantz, the scout mas- 
ter, presented the candidate for the award. 

In the picture above you see the pastor. Rev. George 
W. Solomon, awarding the scout while the scout's 
mother, Mrs. Elvin Haupt, and the scout master look 
on. Mr.' Geaslen did not get into the picture. Follow- 
ing this presentation, James then presented miniatures 
of the award to his mother, the scout master, and 
his pastor. 

George W. Solomon, Pastor. 

There is something in the Christ-broadcasting-love 
business. For even if the other doesn't receive it, 
you are better for giving it. 

* -t. * 

The Lord is looking for the saints who are found 
faithful. His demand is for heart, love, fervency, 
and passion. 

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Tlio Brethren Evangelist 




Isaac B. Litton 

"Come, Ye Blessed of My Father" 

was talking to His disciples. He was tell- 
ing them how He would recognize His true fol- 
lowers in the Kingdom of Heaven: 

"Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the 
kingdom prepared for you fi'om the foundation 
of the world : For I was an hungred, and ye gave 
me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: 
I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and 
ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: 
I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall 
the righteous answer him, saying. Lord, when 
saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee ? or thirsty, 
and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a 
stranger and took thee in? or naked, and clothed 
thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, 
and came unto thee? And the King shall answer 
and say unto them, Verily I say unto you. In- 
asmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least 
of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." 

Ministers To The Needy 

IF WE ARE EVER going to achieve sanctity 
and holiness we must — (1) recognize in our needy 
brothers the Person of Christ. (2) We must min- 
ister to their needs to the best of our ability. 

In effect, our Lord is saying: I will not judge 
you by the number of meetings you have at- 
tended or the number of Bible verses you have 

These are good in themselves, but their pur- 
pose is to prepare your hearts to observe the great 
commandments of the Law: To love My Father 
and for that very same reason to love My needy 

These acts of charity have come to be known 
as the Works of Mercy. Those which relate to a 
man's physical needs are known as the Corporal 
Works of Mercy. Those which relate to the needs 
of man's mind and soul and heart are known as 
the Spiritual Works of Mercy. 

The manifestation of both types of mercy is 
essential if a person is going to imitate our Lord 
fully and completely. This, after all, is true 

What is Demanded of Us? 

FIRST OF ALL, it is demanded of us that we 
abandon our smug little niches where our only 
thought is our own wants and our own security. 
This comfortable niche is the essence of selfish- 
ness, and sanctity and selfishness cannot co- 
exist in the same person. 

Then we must develop a sense of real concern 
about our brothers in Christ. We cannot see them 
in want and ignore them. We cannot look at the 
sick, the hungry and the unfortunate with a cold, 
detached point of view. In each of them we must 
see the Person of Christ Himself. This is the 
spirit which we must bring to the Corporal Works 
of Mercy. 

If we as Laymen are going to complete our 
work which has been given to us, we must not 
wait — time may be shorter than we think. The 
year is fast coming to a close for our Laymen's 
Organization in 1963. Now is the time to start 
on our project of raising money to bring to Na- 
tional Conference. The results depend on each 
of US. 

March 9, 1963 

Page Nine 

The Parson's Corner 

Rev. Albert T. Ronk 

Now THIS PREACHER is a parson again. He 
changes from his semi-layman status to active 
shepherding because of the ministerial exigency of 
the hour. Since hen's teeth are non-existent, avail- 
able preachers are not that scarce, but are few and 
far between. Tucson, Arizona, is in the process of 
seeking a pastor so we have come out of hiding to 
act as interim minister for the Church. So here we 
are occupying the parsonage and pulpit for the 

What has that to do with laymen's boots? Nothing. 
Absolutely nothing, except it may delay this man- 
uscript from its scheduled date of appearing. Why 
talk about laymen's boots? Paul did. He termed the 
believer's activity as walking. Quoting him, let us 
think a little. "We walk in newness of life; For we 
walk in faith..." We are to "walk in love; as chil- 
dren of light; circumspectly; worthily; and in wis- 
dom." Paul received the figure of speech from Jesus 
who said, "He that followeth me shall not walk in 
darkness." Jesus was then speaking of this earthly 
walk after Him. But in the message through John 
in the Revelation, He spoke of the faithful in Sardis 
who in the great future would "walk with me in 

Surely, with all of this walking, one needs boots, 
and more effective footgear is required than the 
"seven league boots" of fable. Paul describes it as 
"Having your feet shod with the preparation of the 
gospel of peace." 

The preparation of the gospel of peace is a life- 
long process from the first toddling steps of the 
newborn babe in Christ to the pearly gates. Then 
when He says, "Come up hither," we too shall ivalk 
with Him in white. 

Yet, how often we are prone to stub our toes and 
go limping along the path of life, or even sitting 
by the wayside. There are no moving ramps in this 
earthly pilgrimage of the faith, but there is a mov- 
ing Spiri^-the holy guest of God to lighten the way. 
Bruises can be healed, and we can learn to "trample 
upon the lion and the adder" if the gospel of peace 
is our preparation. 

I know we all get jostled as we walk. We are not 
crowded because of the crowd but we may be crowded 
by the clumsy walk of others. In faith, we can abide 
that, but does our stagger interfere with the prog- 
ress of others? Especially does our crooked trail mis- 
lead a child or youth as we go htterbugging on our 
careless way? How unsightly are the roadsides to- 
day strewn with paper, beer cans and gin bottles; 
yet, more 'distressing is the way of life littered with 
the' byproducts of our poor example of Christian 
living. We cannot lift ourselves by our boot straps 
but we can get a lift for our walk in our boots. The 
lift is from above. It is in Him. 

Laymen, the Lord walked this way before us and 
He is the way. Are we in it? How do we walk in it? 
-1 Our footprints reveal the direction we travel and 
the progress we make as we go. 




Our laymen's group met on Tuesday evening, Jan. 
8 in a body and attended the "Week of Prayer" ser- 
vices held in our community at the Moxham Meth- 
odist Church. Our pastor. Rev. Charles Lowmaster, 
participated in the devotions. Using this meeting as 
our devotional period, we then went to the home 
of Leroy Boyer where we had our business meeting 
and fellowship. Our president, Austin Shumaker, had 
charge. Plans were laid for the next meeting to be in 
the form of a buckwheat-pancake breakfast in the 
church basement on Feb. 9. The members of the 
Boys' Brotherhood are invited. Refreshments were 
served and a fine evening was enjoyed. 

The Boys' Brotherhood has just recently been re- 
organized. James Miller and A. G. Boyer are the ad- 
visors as named by the laymen's group. There has 
been a good response and much interest shown. They 
have Bible study and a craft class. 

Our laymen have just completed their project of 
purchasing metal folding chairs to be used in the 
church basement. We are looking forward to a new 
project and a successful year of service in 1963. 

Orval Boyer, Corr. Sec. 


We have two names to add to the "Master List" 
of LIFE MEMBERSHIPS in the National Laymen's 
Organization of the Brethren Church . . . Harry W. 
Darr and John W. Fitt, both deceased, former active 
laymen in the work at First Brethren Church, Johns- 
town, Pa. We are happy to hear from people on the 
above or any subject. F. S. B. 


(capsule •form) 

"BLESSED is the man whose calendar contains 
prayer meeting nights." 

Nappanee, Ind. Messenger. 

:-f * * 

FAMED minister and missionary, E. Stanley Jones, 
has rendered a re-classiflication of the "seven deadly 
sins" as follows: 

Business without morality 

Pleasure without conscience 

Knowledge without character 

Science without humanity 

Politics without principle 

Worship without sacrifice 

Wealth without work 

Pasre Ten 

The Brethren Evangelist 



^ lUrusaders 


The Burlington Brethren Youth, 
like most young people, are busy 
at home, at school, etc. However, 
we pray we will always find time 
to put our church and its work 
on our list of activities. We did 
lose several of our group to college 
this fall but of the 13 present 
members, at least 10 average a near 
perfect attendance at Wednesday 
night prayer meeting. Sometimes 
there are nearly as many youth 
as adults in attendance. 

We find that in following most 
of the goals we are not only grow- 
ing in a spiritual sense but there 
is a closer unity in our group. 

We are taking programs to the 
Kokomo Rescue Mission about twice 
a year and believe me after be- 
ing there, we are even more grate- 
ful for our Christian homes and 
parents. We have also found how 
rewarding it can be to call on the 
shut-ins of our church, not just 
as a group but also in pairs or 
alone. Other paths of service we 
find open to us in our church 
are pianist for prayer meeting, 
Sunday School song leader, church 
stewards and the choir. Some of us 
also had special parts in the music 
at the Ordination Services of our 
pastor in November. 

We have just completed our pro- 
gram for the past quarter, in 
which Rev. Dickson gave us a total 
of 348 questions on written tests 
from assignments given the week 
before. These questions were con- 
cerning the Bible, its heroes and 
the Brethren Church and its his- 
tory. The winners were in this 
order; Joyce Payne, Candy Dickson, 

Peggy Payne and Tom Hanna. In 
order to receive 100 extra bonus 
points we were to memorize the 
entire 8th chapter of Romans and 
give it in front of the congregation 
on Sunday evening. The above four 
also completed this assignment. We 
feel that the reward is far greater 
than the silver pins we were given 
for this. 

We are now ready for a new 
quarter and a new challenge to 
help us to become better prepared 
Christians for service to our church 
and our Saviour. 

District youth work has also been 
rewarding. We will be the host 
church to our next district youth 
rally to be held in March. The fel- 
lowship with other B. Y. C. groups 
is always fun and encouraging to 

The Christmas season was a busy 
time for all of us. December 22 
found 24 of us braving the snow 
and the wind to go Christmas car- 
oling (of course, the snow was far 
too inviting to pass up so we in- 
cluded a snowball fight) . Believe 
me, the chili and hot chocolate 
were mighty welcome when we re- 
turned to the church. 

Many evenings before Christmas 
were spent at the church prac- 
ticing on our play "The Road To 
Bethlehem" which we gave be- 
fore approximately 100 people on 
December 23rd. One member of the 
cast missed play practice at school 
to be there. Some of the fellows 
would come directly from basket- 
ball practice without supper in 
order to be there on time. We feel 
this was all worthwhile because 

the message in the play was an 
important one. As is the usual case, 
we had more fun at practice than 
at the actual performance. Much 
to Mrs. Dickson's (our director) 
amazement we got by without once 
forgetting our lines or missing a 

We feel, however, we reached the 
high point of our year of service 
as a youth group on Christmas 
Eve, when we again sponsored our 
annual Candlelight Service. We felt 
very humble as we read from the 
beloved and familiar scriptures . . . 
As some of us served as light-bear- 
ers in the ceremony of the lighting 
of the candles of the 100 present, 
and as we looked toward the beau- 
tiful stained glass windows where 
we saw the 12 lighted candles rep- 
resenting the 12 apostles ... As our 
choir stood beneath the lovely 
lighted cross and sang of the birth 
of the Babe of Bethlehem. We 
could feel "The Lord is in His 
heaven and all is well." 

We were so happy to see families 
coming together to spend a quiet 
hour of prayer and meditation in 
God's house. More and more it 
is becoming a family tradition. The 
Zed Hendrix family had 21 present. 
Many of us feel this is truly the 
right way to celebrate Christmas. 

Now as we start this new year 
we are looking forward to camps, 
conferences, our public service and 
many of us are interested in the 
Poster Contest. 

There are three of us busy work- 
ing on our speeches for our local 
speech contest to be given in our 
church on February 17th. 

Last August at General Confer- 
ence we were proud when we were 
counted among the top B. Y. C. 

March 9, 1963 

Page Eleven 

groups in the Brethren Church to 
receive our certificate indicating 
we were a Banner Group. However, 
this year we are determined to 
be an Honor group. We have made 
long range plans to meet our goals 
in order to do this. It is not so 
much for the sake of meeting the 
goals we feel it is worth striving 
for, but for the spiritual help re- 
ceived from meeting the goals. 
We feel confident that under the 
leadership of our newly elected of- 
ficers who are as follows we will 
attain our goals: 

President — To?7i Hanna 
Vice President — Max Oyler 
Secretary-Treasurer — 

Candy Dickson 
Song Leader — Peggy Payne 
Pianist — Joyce Payne 

We will truly strive for a more 
personal relationship with Him. 
— Candace Dickson. 

Roann News 

New officers and sponsors for 
the year have been elected and in- 
stalled in office. Elected were: 

President — Barbara Miller 
Vice President — Doris Haecker 
Secretary — Linda Draper 
Treasurer — Phyllis Brower 
Song Leader — Jim Gilmer 
Asst. Song Leader — Kathy Miller 
Sponsors — Rev. & Mrs. Herbert 

Gilmer and 
Mr. & Mrs. Dana Har- 


To make our meetings interesting 
and a real challenge, we are using 
a point system this year. We have 
been divided into Junior and Senior 
High groups. These groups earn 
points for themselves by being 
present, bringing a visitor and the 
visitor becomes a member, attend- 
ing youth rallies, memorizing a Bi- 
ble verse, being present at Sunday 
School, church, prayer meeting and 
Sunday evening church. We also 
get points if we attend State and 
National Conference. We get points 
for reading the book "Young Only 

In order to meet one of our goals 
it was decided we would go once 
each month to the Pleasant View 
Nursing Home to present a program 

for them. We believe this is a very 
good experience for us and enjoy 
planning and preparing for it. 

Our B. Y. C. has had an increase 
in attendance this fall. Regular 
meetings have been well attended 
as have social gatherings. 

At our first meeting Mr. Hartong 
gave the lesson on "Communion." 
He helped us understand this more 
fully. At other meetings we de- 
cided to study the real meaning of 
our Covenant. To do this we stud- 
ied it word by word and phrase 
by phrase. This is the outline we 
BELIEVING— having belief; the 

first step. 
IN JESUS CHRIST— the object of 

our belief. 
AS THE SON OF GOD— showing 

His Divine deity. 

me; He died for us. 
do more than my share; shows 
closer contact with Him 
through prayer and Bible 
I PROMISE — keep our word. 
WORD — with much effort, will 
plete) LIFE — the only practical 
plan of my life; if ye love me 
ye will keep my command- 
AS A CHANNEL— I take Breth- 
ren Youth as a road. 
grow stronger and closer to 
serve with the whole mind and 
heart, consistently. 
MY LORD — shows priority. 
— the organization under God. 
I ENTER (and yield) — come and 

give all. 
IN THE NAME OF THE (trinity) 
— Father (giver of the Son, 
Creator), Son (Savior), Holy 
Spirit (guide, comfort of all). 

Perhaps some of you other B. Y. 
C.'ers could study the Covenant and 
come up with different ideas than 

— Linda Draper, secretary. 

Meet Your Sponsors 

NAME: Mr. & Mrs. Fred VanDuyne 

CHURCH: Tiosa, Indiana 

SPONSORS OF: Junior and Senior 
groups for 5 years 

CHILDREN: 5 boys 
AGES: 12, 11, 9, 7, 5 

GROUP: Community New Year 
"Watch" sponsored by youth, so- 
cial meetings bi-monthly, wor- 
ship and study group weekly. 

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The Brethren Evangelist 



Bible Study for April 


tianity has been a singing re- 
ligion. Jesus and His apostles sang 
together at the close of the Last 
Supper (Matt. 26:30). In their jail 
cell in Philippi Paul and Silas sang 
God's praises (Acts 16:25). Mar- 
tyrs often walked to their death 

Great revivals have been accom- 
panied by great singing. Martin 
Luther was an accomplished musi- 
cian and composer. John Wesley's 
power as a preacher was enhanced 
by the hymns of his brother, 
Charles. The genius of D. L. Moody 
was highlighted by the congrega- 
tional singing and solos of Ira 
Sankey. In our day Cliff Barrows 
and George Beverly Shea have pre- 
pared the way for Billy Graham. 

We Brethren have always been 
a singing people. Our founder, 
Alexander Mack, and his son, Alex- 
ander Mack, Jr., wrote hymns. The 
music of the Ephrata community 
in colonial Pennsylvania was justly 
famous. The first German book 
printed in America was a hymnal 
published by Christopher Sower. 
As Christians and as Brethren we 
have a rich musical heritage. 

But what has happened? In 
many of our churches we leave the 
singing to the choir and the min- 
ister. A hymn of praise sounds 
more like a funeral dirge. We say 
that "we are more than conquer- 
ors," yet we sing as if we had lost 
our last friend. And some will not 
even make the effort to open a book 
and look at the words. 

Can it be that we have put the 
cart before the horse? We go to 
church to see what we can get out 
of it. But worship is not a matter 
of getting — it is giving. To wor- 
ship is to give praise, adoration, 
and glory to God. "Great is the 
Lord, and greatly to be praised; 
and his greatness is unsearchable" 
(Ps. 145:3). But He is not only 
great; He is also good. "The Lord 
is gracious, and full of compassion; 
slow to anger, and of great mercy. 
The Lord is good to all: and his 
tender mercies are over all his 
works" (Ps. 145:8-9). In worship 
we try to express the worth-ship of 
our great and good God. 

We go to church, then, not only 
to hear the sermon and be in- 
structed in our faith — we go to 
participate in giving glory to the 
Lord for what He is and for what 
He has done for us. Nowhere can 
we do this better than in the sing- 
ing of the hymns. Especially the 
first hymn in a Sunday morning 
service is usually a hymn of praise. 
As we contemplate this great God 
who is "our Maker, Defender, Re- 
deemer, and Friend," we try to 
put our feelings into words and 

Think of some of the hymns 
which praise God: "O for a Thou- 
sand Tongues to Sing My Great 
Redeemer's Praise"; "Praise to the 
Lord the Almighty, the King of 
Creation"; "Come, Thou Almighty 
King"; "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore 
Thee"; "For the Beauty of the 
Earth"; "From All That Dwell Be- 
low the Skies Let the Creator's 

Praise Arise"; "O Worship the 
King"; "Praise the Lord, Ye Heav- 
ens Adore Him"; and at this Eas- 
ter season, "Christ the Lord Is 
Risen Today, Allelujah!" 

Not only the hymnbook but also 
the Bible is full of songs of praise. 
The entire book of Psalms is noth- 
ing but the hymnal of the nation 
of Israel. The tunes to which these 
words were sung were lost cen- 
turies ago, but the poems have 
remained to bless and inspire us 
today. In fact, the Jews call the 
book of Psalms "Praises." 

The word "hallelujah," which is 
found so often in the Psalms, is 
the Hebrew word for "praise ye the 
Lord." Among the Psalms certain 
ones stand out as hymns of praise. 
Psalms 113-118, for example, were 
sung at the feast of Passover. The 
Jews called them the hallel 
(praise) psalms. Number 136 is 
"The Great Hallel." It was written 
to be sung antiphonally: one choir 
singing the verses as they progress, 
the other answering with the re- 
frain "For his mercy endureth for 
ever." Psalms 145-150 close the col- 
lection with a joyful outburst of 

In his vision Isaiah said he saw 
the seraphim around the throne 
of God. "And one cried unto 
another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, 
is the Lord of hosts: the whole 
earth is full of his glory" (Isa. 6:3) . 
In his vision on Patmos John said 
he saw four living creatures around 
God's throne. "And they rest not 
day and night, saying. Holy, holy, 
holy. Lord God Almighty, which 

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was, and is, and is to come" (Rev. 
4:8). No wonder some people say 
tliat "Holy, Holy, Holy" is the 
greatest hymn in the English lan- 
guage — it comes right out of the 
Bible itself. 

In fact, many of our great hymns 
of praise come from Biblical texts. 
"All People That on Earth Do 
Dwell" was written four hundred 
years ago and is sung today to 
the same melody as the Doxology. 
Notice how closely it follows Psalm 

"All people that on earth do dwell. 
Sing to the Lord with cheerful 

Him serve with mirth. His praise 

forth tell, 
Come ye before Him, and rejoice. 

"Know that the Lord is God indeed; 
Without our aid He did us make; 
We are His folk, He doth us feed; 
And for His sheep He doth us take. 

"Oh, enter then His gates with 

Approach with joy His courts unto; 
Praise, laud, and bless His name 

For it is seemly so to do. 

"For why? The Lord our God is 

His mercy is forever sure; 
His truth at all times firmly stood. 
And shall from age to age endure." 

To live the life of praise means 
that we first of all participate ac- 
tively in the worship of God with 
other Christians. This means con- 
centrating on the words we sing 
and really directing our heart's 
adoration to the Father. But what 
about the other 167 hours of the 
week? How can we live the life 
of praise in them? 

We must learn to see God every- 
where. We must become aware of 
His provision for all our needs, His 
protection in every danger, and 
His purpose in every circumstance. 
Then no matter what happens, we 
can say, "Praise God." Even when 
Job was grieving over the tragic 

deaths of his children, he saw the 
hand of God. "The Lord gave, and 
the Lord hath taken away; blessed 
be the name of the Lord" (Job 

The apostles were beaten for 
speaking in the name of Jesus, but 
the Bible says that they rejoiced 
(Acts 5:41). Paul and Silas, bleed- 
ing from the illegal flogging they 
had received, still found strength 
to praise God (Acts 16:25). And 
Paul tells us that we should live 
lives of praise. "Let the word of 
Christ dwell in you richly in all 
wisdom; teaching and admonishing 
one another in psalms and hymns 
and spiritual songs, singing with 
grace in your hearts to the Lord. 
And whatsoever ye do in word or 
deed, do all in the name of the 
Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God 
and the Father by him" (Col. 3: 

In these days of confusion, when 
nations survive by leaping from 
crisis to crisis, we need to see the 
hand of God at work. As Chris- 
tians we should realize that the 
events of history are working to- 
ward God's appointed purpose. Our 
problem is summed up in the title 
of the book by J. B. Phillips, Your 
God Is Too Small. When we can 
see how great our God is, then we 
will praise Him. 

Living the life of praise makes 
for attractive Christian personali- 
ties. No matter how much we may 
praise God in the choir's anthem, 
what counts is whether we praise 
Him in our daily lives. As salt fla- 
vors food and light illumines dark- 
ness, so we should be helping 
others. To do this we cannot be 
anyone other than ourselves, no 
matter how much we may wish or 
try. But a life of quiet praise will 
help to make us poised Christians 
in an off-balance world, attracting 
people to God by our example. 

Jesus was born into a world 
much life ours. Troops, spies, and 
rumors were everywhere. The Jew- 
ish people festered under the iron 
yoke of Rome. Many thought God 
had forgotten Israel. But when 
Mary of Nazareth was told that 

she would carry in her body the 
promised Deliverer, she broke out 
into a song of praise: "My soul 
doth magnify the Lord, and my 
spirit hath rejoiced in God my 
Savior . . . For he that is mighty 
hath done to me great things; and 
holy is his name" (see Luke 1:46- 

An angel announced Jesus' birth 
to the shepherds outside Bethle- 
hem. When he finished, a multitude 
of the heavenly creatures appeared, 
"praising God, and saying, Glory 
to God in the highest, and on 
earth peace, good will toward men" 
(Luke 2:13-14). After the shep- 
herds had made the trip to see 
the infant Messiah, they returned, 
"glorifying and praising God for all 
the things that they had heard and 
seen, as it was told unto them" 
(Luke 2:20). 

In this time of year, when we 
remember Christ's victory over sin 
and death, we have all the more 
cause for praise. The early Chris- 
tians were joyful, excited people. 
By faith they were already living 
in tomorrow. They were experienc- 
ing the blessings of heaven here 
on earth right now. Their Leader 
had conquered! They "were con- 
tinually in the temple, praising and 
blessing God" (Luke 24:53). They 
went "from house to house . . . 
praising God, and having favor 
with all the people" (Acts 2:46- 
47) . Their joy was a contagious at- 
traction in a world of uncertainty. 

There are no angels in the skies 
now, praising the coming of our 
Lord — that is our task and privi- 
lege. In public worship and private 
life let us live what we say: "Joy 
to the World! The Lord Is Come: 
Let Earth Receive Her King" . . . 
"Christ the Lord Is Risen Today, 

"Praise God, from whom all bless- 
ings flow; 

Praise Him, all creatures here be- 

Praise Him above, ye heavenly 

Praise Father, Son, and Holy 

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Topic for April 

A Heritage for Living — 


EVERY TASK accomplished in 
God's service is important. As 
we have studied the lives of promi- 
nent Christian women we have 
noted that each performed her 
task to the best of her ability for 
her Lord. Each was called to a 
different corner of God's vineyard 
and was supplied with the neces- 
sary equipment to carry out the 
task the Lord had chosen for her. 
Each task received divine blessing. 
As we turn our thoughts this 
month to living the life of praise 
we think of one who left us a 
precious heritage, a heritage of 
praise and thanksgiving through 
song. Fanny Crosby was selected 
by God to have the glorious privi- 
lege of writing more than six thou- 
sand hymns, many of which are 
dear to the heart of every Chris- 
tian. Indeed, her hymns have been 
responsible for leading many men 
and women to the Lord Jesus 

Fanny J. Crosby was born in the 
little village of Southeast in Put- 
nam County, New York, on March 
24, 1820. Her parents were poor but 
they came from sturdy New Eng- 
land ancestry and among her an- 
cestors was one of the founders 
of Harvard University. Fanny's fa- 
ther died shortly after her birth. 

When Fanny was six weeks old 
her eyes became inflamed. A quack 
doctor treated them with poultices 
which were too strong and blind- 
ness resulted. She could never re- 
member having seen the light of 
day. The brave and cheerful man- 
ner in which she accepted her mis- 
fortune is reflected in her explana- 

tion that "the merciful God has 
put His hand over my eyes." 

In spite of her blindness, Fanny 
lived a normal happy life. She 
romped with the other children, 
played games, climbed trees and 
even rode the colts in the pasture 

She was blessed with a godly old 
grandmother who lived with the 
family and cared for little Fanny. 
She held the child on her knee 
and told her stories of the beautiful 
world which she would never see. 
Together they listened to the songs 
of the birds, and Fanny was able 
to distinguish each bird by its 
song. The grandmother instilled 
in Fanny lovely visions of the fleet- 
ing clouds, the star-studded heav- 
ens and the glorious sunsets. This 
teaching was later reflected in the 
poems Fanny wrote. 

The wise old grandmother also 
encouraged Fanny to memorize 
parts of the Bible and these won- 
derful passages later became an 
important aid in composing Gospel 
hymns. Fanny learned many of the 
Psalms, the Proverbs, the book of 
Ruth, much of the New Testament 
and she knew the Old Testament 
stories in detail. 

Fanny always loved the musical 
tinkle and rhyme of poetry, and 
at the age of eight she wrote her 
first poem. Her mother encouraged 
her by reminding her that Milton, 
Homer, Assian and other great 
poets were also blind. 

Fanny had one wish and prayer 
which was that she would be able 
to read for herself. Her prayer was 
answered when she was permitted 
to enter the New York School for 

the Blind at the age of fifteen. 
She was popular with the other 
students, and her teachers greatly 
encouraged her to develop her po- 
etic talents. She was soon recog- 
nized as the "poet laureate" of the 
school, and when such notables 
as William Cullen Bryant, Horace 
Greeley and President Polk vis- 
ited the school, she was selected 
to welcome them with her verses. 
A young man named Grover Cleve- 
land served as assistant to the 
superintendent of the school and 
assisted her by copying her poems. 

An epidemic of cholera broke out 
in the city and many of the stu- 
dents died. When Fanny felt the 
symptoms of the disease coming 
upon her she took the prescribed 
medicine and prayed that God 
would deliver her. The following 
morning she was totally well and 
she thanked the Heavenly Father 
for sparing her life. He had saved 
her for an important task. 

Following her graduation, Fanny 
became a teacher at the Institute, 
a position which she held for eleven 
years. When she was twenty-four 
she was asked to give a poetical 
address before Congress and in her 
audience were such men as John 
Quincy Adams, Andrew Johnson, 
Stephen Douglas, and Jefferson 
Davis. Her first book of poetry was 
published in 1844. 

Although many of us know the 
hymns written by Fanny Crosby 
we forget that she also wrote "best 
sellers" of her day. Such old favor- 
ites as "There's Music In The Air," 
"Hazel Dell," "RosaUe," "The 
Prairie Flower," "Proud World, 
Goodby," were also among the mu- 

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sic given to the world by this re- 
markable woman. Many of these 
were set to music by George F. Root 
and became best sellers in the field 
of sheet music. They gained na- 
tional fame when they gave Amer- 
ica her first cantata entitled "The 
Flower Queen." 

At the age of thirty-eight Fanny 
married a brilliant blind scholar 
named Van Alstyne. Her husband 
was a teacher at the Institute and 
they lived happily together for 
forty-four years until his death in 

In 1864 Fanny dedicated her tal- 
ent to hymn writing. The times 
were favorable, with William B. 
Bradbury, Philip Phillips, George 
C. Stebbins and other composers 
in search of religious verse. Camp 
meetings, singing schools and hymn 
festivals were running at full ca- 
pacity and people were truly "mak- 
ing a joyful noise unto the Lord." 
Those were the days when con- 
gregational singing luas congrega- 
tional singing, and everyone en- 
joyed the heart-warming and in- 
spiring hymn-sings. 

Bradbury recognized Fanny's tal- 
ent and insisted she write poems 
for his melodies. Following his un- 
timely death his publishing house 
continued to publish her songs for 
forty years. 

Although she had always been 
a religious person, it was not until 
she was thirty-one that Fanny was 
definitely converted. As she sang 
the woi'ds, "Here, Lord I give myself 
away," she consecrated her heart 
and soul to the Lord. She became 
a member of the Old John Street 
Methodist Church, America's first 
Methodist Church. Following her 
conversion there was a marked in- 
crease in the spiritual depth and 
fervor of her poetry. 

Many stories are told as to how 
Fanny came to compose some of 
her hymns. One day William Doane, 
a composer of sacred melodies with 
whom Fanny had produced many 
lovely Gospel songs, rushed to her 
home and said, "Fanny, I have just 
forty minutes to catch a train. I 
need words for this tune." He 
hummed the melody and within 

fifteen minutes Fanny repeated the 
familiar words of the beloved song, 
"Safe In The Arms of Jesus." 

On another occasion, Mrs. Joseph 
Knapp, the composer of Gospel mu- 
sic asked of Fanny, "Here is a new 
hymn tune I have written; what 
does it say to you?" While the 
blind hymn writer listened Mrs. 
Knapp played her new tune sev- 
eral times on the piano. Suddenly, 
Fanny's face was lighted with in- 

"Why, that music says 'Blessed 
assurance, Jesus is mine!'" she 

In her own account of the origin 
of "Blessed Assurance", Fanny said 
in commenting on Mrs. Knapp 's 
hymn tune, "It seemed to me one 
of the sweetest tunes I had heard 
in a long time. She asked me to 
write a hymn for it and I felt, 
while bringing the words and tones 
together, that the air and the 
hymn were intended for each other. 
In the hundreds of times that I 
have since heard it sung, this feel- 
ing has been more and more con- 

Fanny's life was God-centered. 
When she was not engaged in song 
writing, she worked in churches 
and missions. One evening at a 
mission service a young man told 
her that he had promised to meet 
his mother in heaven. That night 
she went home and wrote the words 
to "Rescue The Perishing." 

Ira D. Sankey, the famous song 
leader for Moody's revival meetings, 
first heard "To The Work, To The 
Work" sung in the home of a 
friend. The servants and all who 
heard it were moved and Sankey 
felt it would stir others as well. 
In 1875 he published the song in 
his Gospel Hymns. Later he testi- 
fied that it became one of the 
best work songs they had for their 

Fanny never permitted anyone to 
express sympathy for her blind- 
ness. One day a clergyman, talking 
with her, mentioned her affliction. 
The blind poetess surprised him 
by declaring that she was some- 
times glad to be sightless. 

"You see," she explained, "when 
I get to Heaven, the first face that 
shall ever gladden my sight will 
be that of my Saviour." 

God granted Fanny a long and 
blessed life in which to devote her 
talents to the Master's use. On 
February 12, 1915, at the age of 
ninety-four she departed for "The 
Tuneful City" which was her name 
for heaven. 

There are many people today 
who wish to discard the hymns of 
Fanny Crosby as "old fashioned" 
and "emotional." Let us remember 
that God took a blind girl, blessed 
her with a talent, and then used 
that talent for His own glory. Can 
we ever know what such hymns 
as "Praise Him; Praise Him," "Je- 
sus Is Tenderly Calling," "I am 
Thine, O Lord," "Blessed Assur- 
ance," "All the Way My Saviour 
Leads Me," and "Near The Cross," 
have meant to thousands of souls 
lost in darkness and groping for 
the light? How many were drawn 
to the Lord as they sang, "Pass 
me not, O gentle Savior, hear my 
humble cry; while on others Thou 
art calling, do not pass me by"? 
How much more effective we would 
be if we dedicated our talents to 
the Lord! Then perhaps, we would 
leave a heritage for others such 
as was left to us by one who dedi- 
cated all she had to the service 
of her Master. 


man Catholic population in South 
Africa and Southwest Africa in- 
creased by approximately 40,000 
in 1962 to reach a total of 1,003,708, 
according to the 1963 Catholic Di- 
rectory published here. 

The total population of the two 
areas is about 12,000,000. The di- 
rectory reported 969,324 Catholics 
in South Africa and 34,384 in 
Southwest Africa. 

It said the largest group of Cath- 
olics — 728,000 — was made up of Af- 
ricans. There were only 180,000 
European Catholics. 

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Mission Impressions 



SALUDOS DE LAS mujeres en la 
Argentina ! 

Greetings from the Argentine 
women ! 

I have been asked to write some- 
thing about the women's worlc in 
Argentina. We have societies much 
as you women do here in the 
States, encouraging daily Bible 
reading, prayer, inviting others to 
our meetings and more active par- 
ticipation in church work. Our 
groups meet in the afternoons, once 
or twice a month as desired by the 
individual society, with hymn sing- 
ing, scripture reading and a devo- 
tional message given by our local 
pastor, one of the women or an out- 
side speaker. At times we have a 
fellowship hour with tea and cook- 
ies or cake. This gives the general 
format for our women's meetings 
but I thought perhaps you would 
like to meet one of our women 
in particular and hear her testi- 

Mrs. Angela Martin, one of our 
most faithful personal workers, 
now lives in Villa Constitucion, a 
port along the Parana River, with 
her husband, Manuel, who is a very 
active layman, and their two teen- 
age daughters, Lydia and Alicia, 
and Angelito, the little orphan boy 
they have taken to rear. 

Mrs. Martin was baptized a Ro- 
man Catholic as an infant and 
was always very devoted to her 
religion. She remembers the one 
room in her home set aside in dedi- 
cation to the Virgin Mary and 
filled with statues and candles. 

She lived in a small village where 
the Gospel had not penetrated save 
for the little old shoemaker who 
had heard the Gospel from mis- 
sionaries in another village. He was 
filled with a joy that glowed from 
within and had a great compas- 

sion for all who lived in his village 
without Christ. He realized what a 
great testimony he could have with 
the children, and with a bit of 
ingenuity made a "motion picture" 
by pasting Bible story pictures 
taken from old Sunday School leaf- 
lets on an old roll of wallpaper, 
which he turned by hand. 

The parents never could under- 
stand why their children lost so 
much time running errands to the 
shoemaker, and often Mrs. Mar- 
tin's mother said, "Don't stay and 
talk, just leave the shoes and re- 
turn at once." Mrs. Martin, an 
obedient child, wanted to obey her 
mother, but the old shoemaker 
wouldn't listen to the children or 
accept the shoes until he had first 
shown them some Bible pictures 
and explained them. 

Mrs. Martin says she remembers 
finding Evangelical tracts on the 
sidewalks sometimes but she always 
tore them up without reading them 
as the priest had advised. 

As a young lady she met and in 
due time married, an evangelical 
boy who found himself regressing 
more and more from his church 
since his young wife really wasn't 
interested in attending with him — 
and she also left her church since 
he wouldn't attend with her. But 
her mother-in-law still prayed for 

One day while walking the un- 
paved streets of the village where 
they had a modest home, Mrs. Mar- 
tin, talking with her sister, saw a 
tract on the street and exclaimed, 
"Oh, there must be some evangeli- 
cals in town. If you see a mission- 
ary, come and tell me. I need to 
talk to him." Her sister thought 
she had completely lost her senses 
talking this way, and more so when 
she saw Mrs. Martin reading the 

tract. Mrs. Martin herself could not 
understand her sudden interest in 
something she had previously re- 

A few hours later Mrs. Martin's 
sister knocked at the door to an- 
nounce that there was indeed a 
missionary in town and he was 
standing up at the corner at this 
very moment talking to one of 
the villagers. Leaving the teakettle 
whistling, Mrs. Martin ran out and 
breathlessly asked the missionary 
if he could come to her house to 
talk to her about this tract she 
had found. He was amazed at her 
boldness for the Argentines are 
usually very formal in their greet- 
ings, but he sensed her great need 
and agreed to be there in one 

As he finished the conversation 
with the villager, the missionary 
hurried back to the local hotel to 
tell his wife and take her with him 
to talk to Mrs. Martin, to explain 
the plan of salvation to this woman 
so hungry for the Gospel. Asked 
if she had a Bible, Mrs. Martin, 
somewhat ashamed, went to an old 
trunk and took out the Bible, now 
mildewed, never read, which her 
in-laws had given them as a wed- 
ding gift. 

These missionaries rejoiced at 
the goodness of God, for while he 
was giving out tracts in the village, 
his good wife was in the hotel pray- 
ing that there might be an oppor- 
tunity to explain the Scriptures and 
thus open one home where they 
could hold Evangelical services. 
Mrs. Martin was grateful that God 
used her to open the spreading of 
the Gospel in this village. Needless 
to say, she soon made her decision 
for Christ and her husband re- 
dedicated his life and today this 
family is a powerhouse for God. 

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Stewardship Instruction 



Do YOU EVER PRAY for your 

I did not ask, "Do you ever pray 
for dollars?" I think we probably 
have all done that. In the hour 
of need we have asked God for 
help, and have found that need 
met through His wonderful good- 
ness to us. 

But the question I am asking 
you, and asking myself, is an en- 
tirely different one. Did you ever 
pray for the dollars that are al- 
ready yours, or the ones which 
you have spent for something? 

I have spent dollars foolishly for 
an object that took my eye for 
the moment, and felt guilty after- 
wards, haven't you? There wasn't 
anything really wrong about it — 
just stupid and unnecessary, but 
I could not pray for those dollars 
spent, without finding myself ter- 
ribly humiliated. I could not hon- 
estly ask God to bless them, or 
the cause for which they were 

We can say "every man has a 
right to waste a little money once 

in a while" but we know better. 
A Christian does not have any such 
right. A Christian is different. That 
is what makes him a Christian. 
Waste is sin! 

How long a period would the 
money spent for all the unneces- 
sary baubles, bangles and beads 
worn in any gathering of women 
today, support a missionary on the 
field, or how much time would it 
buy for our Brethren radio pro- 
gram, or how many CARE pack- 
ages to feed the hungry of the 
world if Christians cared enough? 
I'm not saying these trinkets are 
wrong but could you ask God's 
blessing on the money spent for 
such things? 

Do you enter a store or shop that 
sells alcoholic beverages, to buy a 
loaf of bread or other item and 
never give a thought to the fact 
that you are helping keep that 
place in business? Can you pray 
for the dollars that help keep such 
a destructive agent in business? 

Could you ask God's blessing on 
the money spent which hasn't first 

^For the past six jnonths our 
Stewardship instructions have been 
written by Mrs. Walter Wertz. We 
thank her for the splendid job she 
has done. This month we welcome 
a new writer, Mrs. Jerald Radcliff. 
She iDill supply us with Steward- 
ship instruction for the remainder 
of the year. Ed.) 

had a tithe taken from it and given 
for God's Kingdom? 

There is great satisfaction out 
of praying for dollars that are 
working for righteous causes or 
purposes. The dollars which help 
provide others with jobs, the dollars 
that open doors of opportunity, or 
bring healing to broken bodies, or 
which spread good news and cour- 
age — it's a thrilling experience to 
pray for dollars like that! 

Start praying for your dollars. 
It will help you get a perspective 
on all your life. When the doors of 
investment in God's work in all 
the world are opened wider both 
the cause and the giver will be 

Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Cari H. Phillips 

Topics copyrighted by the International Council 
Religious Education. Used by permission. 


Lesson for March 17, 1963 


Text: Mark 11:15-18, 27-33 

""pHE APOSTLE PAUL taught that there were two 
i kinds of freedom (Rom. 6:18, 20). There is free- 

dom from sin and there is freedom from righteousness. 
There is a liberty that is good for all and there is 
a liberty that is ruinous to all. No one can live right- 
eously and sinfully at the same time any more than 
one can serve two masters at the same time. 

Jesus may exercise all His authority but it may 
not necessarily free a man from sin. Twice Jesus 
cleansed the temple of thieves, tyrannical traders and 
money grubbers. His authority rested in the word of 
His Father (Mark 11:17). Jesus had the right to pro- 
tect His own. The purging however did not change 
the hearts of the people the first time nor did it 
likely change them the second. They were free to 
serve sin. 

Freedom from Christ's authority and from right- 
eousness is only chaos. The house of prayer lacked 

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the quality of reverence, quietness and Godly con- 
cern that would make it a house of prayer. The bed- 
lam of a gambling casino and a livestock market 
reigned. A society where righteous laws do not pre- 
vail is one of tyranny or disorganization. Men be- 
come victims instead of masters of their situations. 
We note that the chief priests, scribes and elders were 
painfully torn between their unwillingness to believe 
an evident truth and the fear of a multitude with 
whom they could not agree. They were not free. A 
student who does not study may feel "forced" to 
cheat. A person who has gone beyond his means in 
luxurious living may feel "free" or take the liberty 
not to pay his debts. Can such in heart and con- 
science be free? 

There is freedom under Christ's authority. His 
authority is not something that He forces on us but 
invites us to accept (Matt. 11:29). Liberty can exist 
only under law. People are free only when they can 
freely accept the law and benefit from it. In every 
way we do benefit from the authority of Christ which 
we accept. Freedom from fear, guilt and condemna- 
tion is a joyous freedom. 

"Make me a captive, Lord, 

And then I shall be free. 
Force me to render up my sword, 

And I shall conqueror be. 
I sink in life's alarm 

When by myself I stand; 
Imprison with Thy mighty arm, 

Then strong shall be my hand. 

My heart is weak and poor. 

Until its Master finds; 
It has no spring of action sure, 

It varies with the wind. 
It cannot freely move 

Till Thou has wrought its chains. 
Enslave it with Thy mighty love. 

Then deathless I shall reign." 

— George Matheson. 

"But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, 
and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful 
hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be 
blessed in his deed" (James 1:25). 

Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 

had a very proper motivation (v. 26) . The bait- 
pleasure of sin is Satan's way to a broken heart and 
a doomed soul (Prov. 8:17, 18; 7:21-23). Sin is de- 
ceiving in its beginning (S. S. 2:15). Though it fails 
to satisfy (1 Tim. 5:6), it is binding in its power 
(Prov. 23:29-32). Sin has a bad backlash (Hos. 8:7). 
It destroys all it touches (Jas. 1:14, 15). Sin dooms 
to Hell (Rev. 21:8). 

He heard every trump of fame, 

Drunk every cup of joy; 

Drunk early, deeply drank. 

Drunk draughts which common millions 

Might have quenched. Then died of thirst 

Because there was no more to drink. 

— Byron. 

The most popular game in the world is to "play 
the fool" by sinning (1 Sam. 26:21). By sin Saul lost 
his dynasty (1 Sam. 13:13, 14). He played the fool 
when he intruded into the office of the priest (Prov. 
12:15). His wrath was that of a fool (Prov. 12:16; 
Eccles. 7:9). When Byron was scarcely thirty years 
of age he dipped his pen in the acid of sin's sor- 
row and wrote: 

My days are in the yellow leaf; 
The flowers, the fruit of love are gone; 
The worm, the canker, and the grief 
Are mine alone. 
Tamar was beautiful (2 Sam. 13:1), and a flashy 
dresser (vs. 18), but her beauty occasioned her ruin 
(Prov. 31:30). Fortune does not bring peace and 
satisfaction (Eccles. 5:10). Amnon's crime was born 
in lust (2 Sam. 13:2). Like Ahab who pouted for 
Naboth's vineyard (1 Kgs. 21:4, 5), Amnon coveted 
that which could not be rightfully his (Jas. 1:14, 15). 
Achan saw, then coveted, then took the forbidden 
wedge of gold and the Babylonian garment (Josh. 
7:21). Eve saw, then desired, and then partook of 
the forbidden fruit (Gen. 3:6). The heart walks after 
the eye (Job 31:7). No man can sin without being 
a loser (Prov. 6:32-35). Amnon's epitaph is in Job 

A sinner's companions are often subtil and traitor- 
ous (Prov. 13:20). Amnon had such a companion in 
Jonadab (2 Sam. 13:3), who forsook him after help- 
ing to get him into trouble (vs. 29, 35). Amnon's 
sin, like all sin, did not satisfy (v. 15). Sin is a dis- 
appointment (Eccles. 7:25b). It brings malice along 
with enormity of guilt (v. 17) . His sin was quickly 
exposed (v. 21; Num. 32:23b). Sin brings retribution 
(Prov. 5:22). 

This is the debt I pay 

For just one riotous day, 

Years of regret and grief, 

Sorrow without relief! 

C. Y. Gilmer 


fused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daugh- 
ter; second, he chose to suffer the affliction of the 
people of God; third, he denied himself the pleasures 
of sin (Heb. 11:23-28). For these negative choices he 


. . . Slight was the thing I bought, 
Small was the debt I thought, 
Poor was the loan, at best — 
God! But the interest! 

— ^Paul L. Dunbar. 

Sin brings sorrow to the innocent (2 Sam. 13:19, 
20, 21, 22). Absolom's reaction is characterized in 
Psalm 55:21. Though two years intervened, Amnon 
was a marked man (vss. 26-28, 32, 33). Judgment 
awaits all unforgiven sinners (Eccles. 12:14). 

March 9, 1963 

Page Nineteen 

Hi Girls, 

Before the Easter season and the 
bustle of spring gets here, hadn't 
we better have our public service? 
What we mean by "public service" 
is that your society takes com- 
plete charge of a worship service. 
This could be a Sunday morning 
service when your minister will be 
away. Some ministers prefer that 
you plan an evening worship ser- 
vice to help boost the attendance. 

Whenever you have it, the pro- 
gram for this service is entirely up 
to you. I wish that this year every 
society would do something differ- 
ent from anything they have done 
before. I fear that many societies 
do the same thing every year — 
have a guest speaker give the ser- 
mon and they read the Scripture 
and have prayer. That's a good 
idea, hut not if you did it last year. 
How about trying one of the fol- 
lowing suggestions? 

There's nothing as much fun to 
do as putting on a play. The girls 
who take the parts have a good 
time working on it together and 
people of all ages enjoy watching 
it. Your national officers put on 
the play "Margaret's Call" for one 
of our conference sessions this year 
and I know we all had fun doing 
it. I would strongly recommend 
that play to you or one I have in 
my files called "Loyalties in Sis- 
terhood." You probably have a 
Christian bookstore nearby where 
you could browse through many 
plays and pick out the one that 
suits your occasion. 

If your program is in the eve- 
ning, a candlelighting service would 
make an ideal closing to your pro- 
gram. The Sisterhood has a candle- 

lighting service you could use. I 
have "The Lord's Prayer Symbol- 
ized by Candles," or you could write 
your own. You and your audience 
will be inspired if you handle it 

I wouldn't be surprised if many 
of our Brethren people don't know 
what happens in a Sisterhood. Why 
not enlighten them and have a 
mock meeting? Carry on your Sis- 
terhood meeting just as you al- 
ways do. (Don't you dare read the 
topic though!) 

If you feel you just have to have 
a speaker, why not have several 
of your girls prepare sermonettes 
on "What Sisterhood Means To Me" 
or some other appropriate theme? 
A Child Evangelism worker or a 
Christian guidance counselor would 
be a change from the usual mis- 
sionary speaker. There are Chris- 
tian lay people who can do chalk 
talks that would interest your so- 
ciety and your congregation. This 
is your chance to get a woman in 
the pulpit so take advantage of it. 

I'm sure the people would like 
to hear your society sing the Sis- 
terhood song. Incidentally, it was 
printed in the Evangelist two weeks 
ago so there is no excuse for not 
knowing it. If you've learned the 
books of the Bible yet, and I hope 
you have, this would be a good 
opportunity to show your parents 
what you've done in the last six 
months. Make this public service as 
"Sisterhoodish" as you can. When 
you take up the offering, be sure 
to tell the people where the money 
will be used. 

If you could get started on this 
right away, by the time the day 
for your program came, you could 
have everything under control. The 
more preparation you put into this, 
the better program you can pre- 
sent. Be sure and publicize your 

As you plan your program and as 
you give it, pray that everything 
that is done will be to the honour 
and glory of God. 

I LOOK NOT BACK — God knows the fruitless efforts. 
The wasted hours, the sinning and regrets; 
I leave them all with Him Who blots the record, 
And graciously forgives, and then forgets. 

I LOOK NOT FORWARD — God sees all the future, 
The road that, short or long, will lead me home; 
And He will face with me its every trial. 
And bear for me the burden that may come. 

I LOOK NOT AROUND ME— then would fears assail me. 

So wild that tumult of life's restless sea; 

So dark the world, so filled with war and evil, 

So vain the hope of comfort and of ease. 

I LOOK NOT INWARD — that would make me wretched. 
For I have naught on which to stay my trust. 
Nothing I see but failures and shortcomings. 
And weak endeavors crumbling into dust. 

BUT I LOOK UP — up into the face of Jesus\ 
For there my heart can rest, my fears be stilled; 
And there is joy, and love, and light for darkness 
And perfect peace, and every hope fulfilled. 


Piiffc Twrnty 

The Brethren Evangelist 



General Theme for the Year: "LIVING THE LIFE" 

REV. J. G. DODDS is our Devo- 
tional writer for the month of April. 
Rev. Dodds, in addition to being the 
pastor of the Massillon, Ohio Breth- 
ren Church, serves his denomination 
as a member of the Brethren Pub- 
lishing Company Board of Directors. 
The Doddses live at 3955 Wales Road, 
N. E., Massillon, Ohio. 

Writer for April — REV. J. G. DODDS 
April 1st through 'Ith — "Proofs of the Resurrection" 

Monday, April 1, 1963 

Read Scripture: Matthew 28:1-7 

Scripture verse: And the angel 
said unto the women, Fear not ye, 
for I know that ye seek Jesus, 
ivhich loas crucified. He is not 
here: for He is risen, as He said. 
Come, see the place lohere He lay. 
Mattheiv 28:5, 6. 

The angel testified to His resur- 
rection. The women who hoped Him 
to be the Messiah were come to the 
tomb to render a final service of 
respect to Him who had been so 
kind to them. With fear and great 
joy they departed at once, run- 
ning to tell His apostles the angel's 
message. How thrilled they were! 
Their haste evidences their devo- 
tion. This is the first attestation 
given after His resurrection — the 
first proof is the word of an angel. 
Do we accept it as readily as did 
those sorrowing women? Did they 
suddenly remember a word He had 
spoken? Had they heard the 
apostles talk about His sure word 
of prophecy? Yes, He is indeed 
what He claimed to be — the very 
Messiah. "Let us hasten to tell 
His disciples." 

The Day's Thought 
"If thou Shalt confess the Lord 
Jesus with thy mouth, and believe 
in thine heart that God hath 
raised Him from the dead, thou 
shalt be saved." 

Tuesday, April 2, 1963 

Read Scripture: Luke 24:13-27 

Scripture verse: AJid it came to 
pass, that, lohile they communed 
together, Jesus Himself dreic near, 
and went ivith them. Luke 24:15. 

The two disciples on their way 
home to Emmaus are sad and dis- 
couraged men. The One whom they 
had hoped would save Israel had 

died and was buried. "Now, what 
can we do?" As they mused, Jesus 
joined them, but they knew Him 
not. This stranger asked them why 
they were so despondent. They 
were surprised that He should be so 
ignorant of so widely publicized an 
event. The stranger quoted Scrip- 
ture and interpreted it as they had 
never heard before. Scripture had 
new meaning to them when Christ 
was revealed as the central figure 
of all Scripture. Just so will men 
of today get a new understanding 
of the Bible when they put Jesus 
the Christ at its center. God is re- 
vealing Himself in the Bible, and 
Christ is the fullness of that revela- 

The Day's Thought 
Jesus said, "Search the Scrip- 
tures; for in them ye think ye 
have eternal life, and they are they 
which testify of me." 

Wednesday, April 3, 1963 

Read Scripture: Mark 16:1-10 

Scripture verse: Now when Jesus 
was risen early the first day of the 
week. He appeared first to Mary 
Magdalene, out of whom He had 
cast seven devils. Mark 16:9. 

Jesus appeared to Mary Magda- 
lene first, a touching mark of His 
unchanging tenderness after He 
rose. He appeared the same day to 
Peter and the other Apostles, gath- 
ered together in the upper room. Of 
His eleven recorded appearances, 
four seem to have been on the 
first day. To Mary, to the two on 
the way to Emmaus, to the apostles 
in the upper room — in each in- 
stance He reveals Himself in a 
different manner. He appeared to 
Mary to comfort her; to the two 
on their way home, he revealed 
Himself to indoctrinate them in the 

Scriptures; to them in the upper 
room, He revealed Himself as bodily 
evidence of His resurrection. 

He rose to comfort us as to the 
foundation of our Faith; He rose 
that we might know by the Scrip- 
tures that He is risen Lord — that 
He is alive — that His body did not 
see corruption — that we might be 
justified in our Faith. 

The Day's Thought 
"O yes, He cares, I know He cares. 

His heart is touched with my 

Thursday, April 4, 1963 

Read Scripture: Acts 10:34-43 

Scripture verse: Not to all the 
people, but unto witnesses chosen 
before of God, even to us, who did 
eat and drink with Him after He 
rose from the dead. Acts 10:41. 

A man in bright clothing had 
told Cornelius to send for Peter, 
who would tell him what he needed 
to know. Cornelius followed in- 
structions. Peter came and 
preached unto him Jesus. Cornelius 
had gathered together his whole 
household — they were all there. 
They heard, they believed, they 
were brought into a saving knowl- 
edge of Jesus Christ. Peter pro- 
claimed a risen Lord. Peter knew 
Jesus was risen and alive. He, 
with other witnesses whom God 
had chosen beforehand, had eaten 
and supped with Him by the sea- 
side and other places. Peter had 
been with Him before He died. 
Peter had seen Him die on the 
cross. Peter knew Jesus had been 
buried. Peter had seen Him, eaten 
with Him, and supped with Him 
after His resurrection. 

The Day's Thought 
As Cornelius readily accepted the 
earnest testimony of Peter, just so 
are others today, waiting and ready 
for sincere believers to speak to 
them the true word of testimony. 

March 9, 1963 

Page Twenty-one 

Friday, April 5, 1963 
Read Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15: 

Scripture verse: After that. He 
was seen of above five hundred 
brethren at once; of whom the 
greater part remain unto the pres- 
ent, but some are fallen asleep. 
1 Corinthians 15:6. 

Christ died for us according to 
the Scriptures. He was buried and 
He rose again on the third day ac- 
cording to the Scriptures. He was 
seen by Peter, then by above five 
hundred brethren at once. Some 
of these brethren were still alive 
when Paul spoke these words. Saul, 
"chief of sinners", came to the 
Damascus road experience an un- 
believer in the resurrection of Je- 
sus — but in that Damascus road ex- 
perience he became Paul — a new 
creature in Christ Jesus. Jesus 
talked with him and thus he knew 
that the Apostolic testimony con- 
cerning Jesus' resurrection was 
true. Jesus is indeed the risen, liv- 
ing Christ the Lord. Paul's former 
friends were now his enemies. But 
Paul never wavered in his loyal 
and faithful testimony — he "knew 
the truth and the truth had made 
him free." 

The Day's Thought 

Christ died for our redemption. 
He rose from the dead for our jus- 

Saturday, April 6, 1963 
Read Scripture: John 20:24-29 

Scripture verse: Jesus saith unto 
him, Thomas, because thou hast 
seen Me, thou hast believed: bless- 
ed are they that have not seen me, 
and yet have believed. John 20:29. 

On the day He rose, Jesus ap- 
peared to ten of His apostles; Ju- 
das and Thomas were missing. 
"Came Jesus and stood in their 
midst." "He showed unto them His 
hands and His side." "Then were 
the disciples glad when they saw 
the Lord." Their dim hopes were 
now realized. Their faith in His 
predictions was established. The 
pleasure of His society was re- 
newed. Their confidence in His di- 
vine mission was revived. Now, one 
week later, Thomas being present, 
Jesus again appears. Thomas had 
said, "Except I put my fingers in 
the nail prints and thrust my hand 
into His side, I will not believe 
what you tell me." Jesus came and 
said to Thomas, "Come here, Thom- 
as. Put your fingers into the nail 
prints in my hands, thrust your 
hand into my side." But all the 
evidence required was the same re- 
vealed to the ten one week earlier. 
When Thomas saw, he said, "My 
Lord, and my God." 

The Day's Thought 

Be ready always to give an an- 
swer to everyone that asks you a 
reason for your Faith. 

Sunday, April 7, 1963 
Read Scripture: Acts 1:1-7 

Scripture verse: Unto the apost- 
les .. . to whom also He showed 
Himself alive after His passion by 
many infallible proofs, being seen 
of them forty days, and speaking 
of the things pertaining to the 
kingdom of God. Acts 1:3. 

Jesus rose on that first Easter 
morning. Forty days later He gave 
His final instructions to His apost- 
les at the place at which He had 
appointed with them. Immediately 
following this instruction period. 
He ascended to Heaven. During 
those forty days He has shown 
Himself alive "by many infallible 
proofs." I wish I knew all that 
happened in those forty days. 
Think it over — over a period of 
only forty days, between His pas- 
sion and ascension, Jesus had ap- 
peared to His apostles in ways 
which could leave no doubt in their 
minds that He really was alive 
again, risen from the dead. What 
did He teach them? Luke declares 
that He continued to teach on the 
same subjects of His teaching be- 
fore the passion — "the things con- 
cerning the kingdom of God." He 
is alive, and "behold He is alive 
forever more." 

The Day's Thought 

"Know the truth and the truth 
shall make you free indeed." 

Spiritual Meditations 

Dyoll Belote 


"My presence shall go with thee, and I will give 
thee rest." Exodus 33:14. 

MANY PEOPLE have experienced the fear and 
nervousness that descends upon most of us as 
we approach the hour of an operation. We may be 
Christian, and have memorized many familiar Bible 
passages, but somehow we experience a certain un- 
certainty and dread as the hour for the operation 
approaches. A writer in a popular Daily Devotional 
publication tells of an experience of this kind. He 
had been informed by his surgeon that he was to 
undergo his trial the next morning. Aware of his 
nervous fear he sought his daily devotional guide and 
his Bible to calm his nerves and induce sleep, if pos- 

sible. In his reading he came upon the text appear- 
ing above. The same promise that was contained 
in the verse for Moses, was found and appropriated 
by the brother; he slept and found rest. 

Some time later he visited a young woman who was 
soon to be operated on. She was entertaining a crowd 
of visitors, and this friend had no opportunity to give 
a personal testimony to her. So he copied our text 
on a slip of paper, together with a word of how much 
the verse had meant to him in his time of trial, and 
gave it to her. 

At the writer's next visit to his friend she smiled 
and assured him that she had retained his note, 
and that she had found calm in its promises. There 
is a companion promise that may be as completely 
believed and trusted, which says, "God is our refuge 
and strength, a very present help in trouble." Add 
to this promise the one contained in our text, "My 
presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest," 
and we may find help for every time of need, in 
every experience of life. 

The issues of life are being decided from within. 
Lord, take over "MY WITHIN." 

P;iKo Twenty- two 

The Brethren Evangelist 



Greetings Friends: 

You are now in tune with Kryp- 
ton, Kentucky. From these cold, 
icy parts, I'll try to bring you the 
latest developments in this area. 

"Old Man Winter" has been our 
constant companion since the 12th 
of December. A few pretty days 
the first week of February brought 
hope of his release. This hope van- 
ished quite suddenly and we found 
the going slow and treacherous. 
Heavy freezing and then some 
thawing has made our unpaved 
roads almost impassable. Schools 
have been closed many days. 
Schools will have to be in session 
on Saturday so that the closing 
date of school will come on June 
8th. The teachers will need to be- 
gin summer school the following 

Our work with the boys and girls 
has been much disrupted. The 
County 4-H Talent Show was to 
have been held Saturday, Febru- 
ary 16, but due to the schools be- 
ing closed, it was impossible to 
train the children. It was resched- 

uled for Saturday, March 2. We 
have suffered, too, in our sewing 

Last Thursday at 5:00 P.M. we 
had quite a bit of excitement in 
our midst. A freight train headed 
for Hazard derailed on the mis- 
sion property. No one was injured. 
Fourteen gondola cars and two en- 
gines left the track. One gondola 
was headed straight for the garage. 
Its wheels had come off and when 
it hit the bank it was stopped in 
its thrust. One car plunged 20 yards 
from the tracks into the lawn. For 
thirty hours, crews or r. r. workmen 
from all over the state labored to 
restore traffic. My lawn looks like 
a r. r. junkyard now. Damaged cars 
line the gutter along the tracks and 
the back lawn has all those thrust 
into it originally. 

Much sickness has been prevalent 
this winter. Last week we had two 
deaths. One was due to a slate fall 
in the mines and the other died 
from a stroke. Two of our , promi- 
nent men were hospitalized in 
critical conditions. One has im- 

^^^^.,*^ . 

proved, the other has slim chances 
of recovery. He is the father of the 
man killed in the mine accident. 
We are deeply concerned for this 
man's family. This week a 92 year 
old lady has been hospitalized with 
a blood condition that may prove 

My heart overflows with joy for 
the marvellous response of folks 
like you in the interest of the work 
here. Your constant prayers in my 
behalf have given me strength and 
courage to carry a heavy sched- 
ule. Without this help, it would 
be impossible to meet the demands 
and heartaches that one encoun- 
ters in work like this. Your finan- 
cial support makes it easier to 
meet emergencies and plan for the 
upkeep of the property. The sup- 
plies you have sent have helped 
ease the burdens and plight of 
the needy. We are more than grate- 
ful for your thoughtfulness and 
help. Psalm 95:1, "O come, let us 
sing unto the Lord; let us make 
a joyful noise to the Rock of our 

Economic conditions are dread- 
ful. The severe winter weather has 
increased the hardship and suffer- 
ing of countless numbers of folks. 
Your supplies of used clothing have 
made it possible for me to give 
large quantities of these to help 
lessen the distress and suffering. 
The hope for an improving eco- 
nomic situation is bleak. Pray that 
these folks may find a way to im- 
prove conditions. 

Your most grateful friend, 
Margaret E. Lowery. 

Faith Cottage on the mission 
property . . . the train derailed ap- 
proximately 60 feet from this build- 

March 9, 1963 p^^^ Xwenty-three 


The African church must learn 
to stand without missionary as- 
sistance within the next decade or 
it is doomed, according to Stephen 
F. Bayne, Jr. executive officer of 
the Anglican Communion. 

He stated that the time is not 
far oft when missionary channels 
will be closed and the church is 


A church suddenly dropped its 
missionary's support upon hearing 
she had been moved from her 
"bush station" to do important sec- 
retarial work at the field head- 
quarters. Reason? They felt she 
wasn't doing real missionary work! 

Such an attitude reflects a one- 
sided view of mission work. We be- 
lieve every church should be sure 
its funds are used in the most 
fruitful way; but a sizable number 
of Christians think only of mis- 
sionaries as trekking over rugged 
trails and fearlessly facing pagan 
dancers with an uplifted Bible. By 
contrast, typing in an office seems 
very "un-missionary." The truth 
is that mission work today includes 
nearly every phase of human ac- 
tivity — and all require the same 
basic missionary dedication. 

What the above-mentioned 
church did not realize was that it 
took a true spirit of missionary 
sacrifice for the young lady to leave 
the personal contacts of village 

locked up to sink or swim. He 
pointed to three chief factors op- 
erating in Africa that increase the 
urgency of the church's mission: 

(1) the rapidity with which Af- 
ricans are pole-vaulting from 
the Stone Age into the 20th 

(2) the complete unpreparedness 
of the church for this; 

(3) ill-equipped African leader- 
ship because the church has 
not driven hard enough to 
teach and train indigenous 
clergy and lay leaders. 

Gospel Messenger. 

"It is 

amazing how much Go 

d can 



an imperfect individual who has 


t all his 


tions completely at God' 

s disposal. 

God is 

not as much concerned about our 




as He is 

about our availability." 

work. She did it because she knew 
that without her help in admini- 
stration, others could not continue 
their trekking. Her church let her 
down just when she most needed 
prayerful support and understand- 

This church's attitude points up 
an even greater error. It would 
seem its members gave not be- 
cause they sought God's will but 
because of the appeal of a type of 
work which captured their imagi- 
nation. Not only have some Chris- 
tians a romantic image of mis- 
sion work; they also give their 
money to that image. 


I Promise to assist in the building of new Bretliren churclies by 
giving $10.00 or more for each new church project. It is my under- 
standing that I will be called upon for this contribution not more 
than twice in any one year. I further understand that if I am un- 
able to contribute when called, I will be relieved of my obligation. 




Many Christians, under constant 
barrage from the world's adver- 
tising, unfortunately are attracted 
by the biggest show. Consequently 
missionaries, faced with critical 
shortages, may sometimes be 
tempted to appeal on the basis 
that gets the fastest results. But 
the shallowness of such giving 
shows up when a church stops its 
support because its image of a ro- 
mantic type of work has suddenly 

What should be the basis of our 
giving? Certainly we should be in- 
formed; the need should be pre- 
sented by film, literature, and 
speaker in the most cogent, graph- 
ic manner. But our giving should 
not be based on a passing emo- 
tion aroused by a forceful speak- 
er or a vivid picture. Paul asked 
the Corinthian believers for a mis- 
sionary offering "to prove the sin- 
cerity" of their love (2 Cor. 8:8). 
He based his appeals on the ex- 
ample of Christ and their Christian 

Is our giving haphazard, spas- 
modic, unreliable? Or is it directed 
and sustained through the knowl- 
edge of God's will? What has God 
Himself told us to give? It may 
be more than we have, but it will 
not be more than He can provide. 
To whom or for what has God told 
us to give? It may not be the most 
attractive thing, but it will be the 
need God wants to supply. 

Editor from Africa Now. 

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In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial : "No Protest" 3 

News from the Brethren 4 

Coming Events 4 

Daily Devotions — April 8-14 5 

Signal Lights Program for April 6 

Pleasant View Church Builds Parsonage 8 

Progress Reports from Brethren Churches ... 9 

Missionary Board 10 

Sisterhood Program Materials for April 12 

Woman's Missionary Society 17 

Prayer Meeting Bible Study .18 

Sunday School Lesson Comments 18 

Sunday School Suggestions 19 

The Brethren Youth 20 

The Brethren Layman 

(Devotional Program for April) 22 



The things which are impossible with men 
are possible with God. Do you believe it? Be- 
lieve it when the odds are all against believing. 
Perhaps you have often quoted this Scripture 
passage. It has often stood you in good stead. 
It has stood as a barricade at the mouth (as it 
were) of hell, when it seemed inevitable that 
the enemy of your soul had the right of way 
to plunge your weary soul into the darkness of 
despair from which there was no escape. Re- 
member, it was Jesus, God truly in flesh, 
who said, "Lo, I am with you alway." "I will not 
fail thee nor forsake thee." 

There is not a possible circumstance for us to 
get pressed into that He will not manifest His 
presence to us if we keep our eyes and ears 
open and inclined upward toward Him. Often- 
times perhaps when we have been a little list- 
less or independent. He seems to "let us stick" 
with our independence, and He seems to have 
withdrawn behind the lattice (S. of Sol. 2:9); 
yet when we show to Him how much we miss 
Him and the lengths we go to see His face, we 
can hear Him say tenderly, "Rise, up, my love. 
For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and; 
gone." i 

The writer remembers a little story concern- 
ing two lovers. The "fair one" to him was a little 
slow meeting an appointment with him — always 
had some side line to engage her. So when she 
was to meet him at the steamer port before he 
left on a trip, she "missed the boat" and went 
home sorrowing for he had already retired to 
his stateroom, when she came later than ar- 
ranged for. 

Some lessons are learned the hard way be- 
cause we are oftentimes so listless to the Holy 
Spirit's promptings. "Take heed and beware lest 
your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and 

A. L. Halteman. 

Shoes divide men into three classes. Some 
men wear their father's shoes. They make no 
decisions of their own. Some are unthinkingly 
shod by the crowd. The strong man is his own 
cobbler. He insists on making his own choices. 
He walks in his own shoes. 

S. D. Gordon, quoted in 1963 
(Fleming H. Revell Company) . 

In the Kingdom of love and faith, the way to 
the top is through the bottom. We kneel to rise, 
bend low in service to stand tall as sons of God. 
Donald T. Kauffman in 
(Fleming H. Revell Company) . 


Bryce Canyon from bottom of Peek-a-Boo 
Trail. Picture courtesy the Union Pacific Rail- 

March 16, 1963 

r:i(;e Three 



is reported, our Chief Execu- 
tive President John F. Kennedy, 
used the word "hell" on all 
three television networks. News- 
men, accustomed to public re- 
action, awaited the storm of 
protests which usually accom- 
pany such a transgression from 
what could be called the moral 
code. None materialized, and it 
appears that "hell" has become 
a commonly accepted word 
among our citizens. 

We can well, as Christians, 
ask why there was no great ob- 
jection to the President's use 
of the word. If, a generation 
ago, it was considered vulgar 
to be a user of the word, then 
have our Christian precepts 
changed so that it is no longer 
in bad taste? Or have we be- 
come so imbued with the phil- 
osophy of not seeking to set 
standards for others that we can 
find no real objection to the use 
of the word? 

Have we reached the era of 
"no protest" when we see the 
moral codes of a few years ago 
violated ? Don't we care ? Are we 
afraid of being "set apart as be- 
ing difficult" if we object? Do 
we feel our one voice is useless, 
and so hide in the relative se- 
curity of oblivion in the crowd 
which raises no voice to dis- 
agree ? 

If this be the case, then we are 
headed for a day when every- 

thing which constitutes a law, 
a standard, a virtue, or a level 
of decency, will crumble in the 

Another field of action in 
which the very center and core 
of our financial stewardship to 
our churches is in danger of 
being wiped out is the suggested 
five percent undeductible portion 
of our income. The Administra- 
tion is offering our citizens a tax 
reduction while seeking to add 
a rider which will more than off- 
set any tax benefit in the re- 
duction. Under the proposed tax 
revision, only that portion of 
certain deductions exceeding five 
percent of income will be allow- 
able on your tax report. 

What this will mean in es- 
sence is that the present allow- 
able deductions for your church 
giving would then be deductible 
only on that portion of your in- 
come over five percent. For most 
families, it will mean that prac- 
tically all that they have been 
giving to their church, now de- 
ductible, will no longer fall in 
that category. 

In other words, the govern- 
ment seems to be seeking to 
throttle the giving to charity, 
churches, etc. In a day when 
our churches, at best, are strug- 
gling with large budgets and 
short incomes, this action fore- 
tells even darker days as our 
families struggle between their 
loyalties to their church finan- 

cial program and a tighter bud- 
get at home as a result of the 
loss of their churxh giving as a 
deductible item. 

And what happens? In the 
face of this pending law, law- 
makers report that church fam- 
ilies are not objecting. "No pro- 
test" seems to be the rule. Must 
we assume that our church fam- 
ilies are so indifferent to the fin- 
ancial needs of our churches that 
they feel that such a move on 
the part of the government is 
not worth so much as a protest ? 

We agree that a "protester" 
is a person who often is held up 
in ridicule by his fellowmen. It 
is easier to hide behind the pop- 
ular opinion of the crowd. The 
protester's lot is often a lonely 
one. Yet great movements of 
righteousness, freedom, or 
peace, were started, not by the 
crowds, but by the protesters. 
Crowds bespeak lethargy on 
moral issues "for fear of offend- 
ing." Protesters often stand 
alone, but they start great 

It is time to protest the use 
of vulgar language on television 
and radio — by anyone ! It is time 
to protest against a proposed 
law which would throttle our 
long-established system of con- 
tributing to our churches ! It is 
time to protest against those 
who would object to the pro- 
tester! W. S. B. 

Pajrc Four 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Wilbur was guest speaker in the 
Sarasota church the evening of 
February 3rd. 

WASHINGTON, D. c. Laymen of the 
Washington church conducted ser- 
vices at the Central Union Mission 
the evening of February 28th. 

MASSiLLON, OHIO. All Ashland 
College gospel team was scheduled 
to hold services in the Massillon 
church on March 10th. 

er in the New Lebanon church on 
February 24th, was Rev. Jerome 

Pastor Charles C. Bader was the 
scheduled radio devotional speaker 
over WONE FM the week of March 
4th through 8th. 

NAPPANEE, INDIANA. Two new mem- 
bers were received by letter on 
February 24th. 

DUTCHTowN, INDIANA. Revival Ser- 
vices, with Brother Virgil Ingra- 
ham as evangelist, have been in 
progress in the Dutchtown church 
from March 3rd through 17th. 


speakers in the Falls City church 

on February 17th, were Rev. Wil- 
liam J. Schnell at the morning 
service, and Dr. Harlan S. Heim, 
at the evening hour. 


WASHINGTON, D. c, ( Ep ) — Forma- 
tion of a new organization. Inter- 
national Christian Broadcasters, 
growing out of a federation of two 
existing evangelical groups, was 
announced here following the 20th 
annual meeting of National Re- 
ligious Broadcasters. 

The organization will be made up 
of the National Religious Broad- 
casters, a group predominantly 
made up of sponsors of domestic 
radio programs, and the World 
Conference on Missionary Com- 
munications, which includes about 
20 groups engaged primarily in 
broadcasting efforts overseas. 

Each group will retain its sepa- 
rate identity, at least for the pres- 
ent, but they will work together 
on common objectives in the new 



One Hundred Fifteen Brethren 
frozn 16 of the 21 Ohio Churches 
attended the Sunday School Work- 
shop in Delaware on February 23rd. 
Traveling long distances in snowy 
weather was indicative of their in- 
terest in the work of the Sunday 

Mrs. Arthur Punkhouser, Gospel 
Light Christian Education Consult- 
ant from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 
was the guest speaker and Work- 
shop leader. Although there were 
elaborate displays of Gospel Light 
literature, the main emphasis was 
placed upon improving the use of 
these materials in every depart- 

ment. Included